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Reasons a landlord can lawfully evict a commercial tenant 

On Behalf of | Oct 24, 2022 | Real Estate Litigation |

California real estate laws provide basic protections for landlords and tenants alike. Landlords cannot discriminate against tenants based on their protected features. And tenants, on the other hand, have a duty to pay their rent and operate within the provisions of the tenancy agreement. 

However, when a tenant fails to live by the terms of the lease agreement, then the landlord may evict them from the property without the risk of legal action. If you are a landlord, here are specific instances when your decision to evict a commercial tenant may be justified. 

When they fail to pay rent

One of the core duties of a tenant is the payment of rent as stipulated in the lease agreement. If the tenant fails to pay their rent in time for whatever reason, say the business is making losses, then one of the options you can consider is terminating the contract and evicting the tenant. 

Using the premises for non-intended purposes

When a tenant utilizes the rented premises for purposes other than what is stipulated in the lease agreement, then the landlord might justify the eviction. Actions that may amount to unlawful use of the rented property include:

  • Modifying the property without your consent
  • Subletting the rented property without your approval
  • Using the premises for criminal activities

Staying beyond the lease term

As a landlord, your obligation to the tenant ends when the lease agreement runs out. After the end of the lease, you may opt for a renewal of the contract or termination of the relationship altogether. A tenant who stays beyond the lease period, also known as a “holdover tenant,” may be subjected to double pay for the period they extended their stay. 

Sometimes, the relationship between the landlord and the tenant can deteriorate. Understanding your legal rights and obligations as a landlord can help you protect your investment and avoid costly conflicts.