What should I do if my landlord is trying to evict me for a reason besides nonpayment? (missing letter template link)
Under our local moratoriums, tenants cannot be legally evicted except for one of these reasons:
- the tenant is an imminent health and safety threat (this does NOT include having COVID-19)
- a court or other government agency has ordered that the unit be vacated (this would usually be because the home had been declared unsafe, for example due to a fire or other severe damage)
- the landlord is permanently removing the entire property from the rental market using the Ellis Act. This type of eviction requires very specific paperwork and is NOT the same as the landlord simply selling the property or wanting to move in.
If you receive an eviction notice for any other reason during the local moratoriums, that notice is not valid. You can respond using a letter template stating that the notice is invalid [LINK- invalid eviction notice letter template].
If the notice is for nonpayment of rent, click here for more information.
We still recommend getting legal advice to check whether the notice is valid or not. If you receive an Unlawful Detainer or any court paperwork, it is extremely important to get legal help and respond to the notice immediately within the time stated on the paperwork. You can find legal resources here.