A landlord may recover possession of a rental unit under specific reasons under the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) and the Just Cause Ordinance (JCO). Below is a list of reasons for which a tenant could be evicted and the tenant would be considered at-fault.
1. Failure to pay rent.
2. Violation of the rental agreement or lease.
3. Unreasonable interference with the comfort, safety or enjoyment of other tenants, or damaging the rental unit or the property. Nuisance including, but not limited to, any gang-related crime, violent crime, unlawful weapon or ammunition crime or threat of violent crime, illegal drug activity or drug-related nuisance, or alleged illegal drug activity.
4. Using the rental unit or the common areas of the property for an illegal purpose.
5. Refusal to renew a lease or rental agreement of like terms and conditions.
6. Refusing the landlord reasonable access to the rental unit for repairs and inspections to name a couple of examples.
7. At the end of a lease term, the landlord discovers the tenant is not the person who initially rented the unit and the landlord didn’t approve this person’s tenancy.
8. The tenant failed to temporarily relocate or honor a permanent relocation agreement as required per the Tenant Habitability Plan (THP), approved by this Department, so the landlord could renovate your building or the unit, and the tenant doesn’t live up to the agreement. This at-fault legal reason for eviction only applies to tenant’s subject to the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO).
Attention: Effective January 27, 2023, any written notice terminating a tenancy for a tenant at-fault legal reason must be filed with the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD) within three (3) business days of service on the tenant per Los Angeles Municipal Code 151.09.G.9 & 165.05.B.5. At-fault notices can be filed here.