Before filing an unlawful detainer action – commonly known as eviction – in San Francisco, a landlord must issue a three-day notice. If you receive notice to “pay rent or quit” from your landlord, it is crucial to understand your legal options and take action as soon as possible.
As this video explains, tenants have specific rights and obligations under applicable landlord-tenant laws. Your actions following a three-day notice can determine whether an eviction lawsuit is warranted. For example, if you pay rent on day four, you may be out of luck.
The importance of contacting an attorney immediately
If you have received an eviction notice, prompt action with the help of an experienced attorney can make all the difference. But even when you do everything right, some landlords may still initiate unlawful eviction proceedings. Either way, you may need the help of an attorney to protect your rights.