I Don’t Have to Give You a Reason!

It happens all the time. Children living at an apartment complex start playing games, or writing on the sidewalk with (heaven forbid!) sidewalk chalk, and all of a sudden the resident manager is ticked off at all the families with children living in the complex. The manager then starts threatening the parents that if they don’t get their children under control, then they are going to be evicted. And, sure enough, one of the tenants with children comes home one night and finds a 30-Day Notice to Terminate Tenancy (commonly known as an eviction notice) on the door. “What’s this?” the tenant asks before figuring out that the manager is evicting them because he or she is tired of the kids. So the tenant heads over to the office and asks the manager why the eviction notice was served on them. “I don’t have to give you a reason!” shouts back the manager. The tenant then accuses the manager: “You’re just giving this notice to me because you don’t like my kids playing outside.” “Legally,” snaps back the manager, “I don’t have to give you a reason, so I’m not going to.” Back and forth it goes until the tenant finally goes home in frustration. But is that true? Can the landlord hide the real reason that they are evicting a tenant, even if it is an illegal one? Yes and no. Yes, a landlord is legally allowed to not put the reason for the eviction on the actual eviction notice. But, no, the landlord cannot evict a tenant for an illegal reason. And if the matter ends up going to court, then the landlord has to tell the real reason for wanting to evict the tenant. So if you feel as though your landlord is trying to cover up the real reason why he or she is attempting to evict you, then give us a call at (858) 220-9601, so that we can help you get to the bottom of it.