An Assembly bill would dramatically prolong the eviction process, endanger renters who complain about their neighbors, and allow tenants to avoid eviction by making frivolous complaints.

Under 2343 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, landlords would have to provide 10 days’ notice before serving eviction papers to tenants who’ve failed to pay the rent. At any time during this 10-day period, the tenant could pay the rent to prevent eviction. At present, the notice requirement is three days. This extension would essentially shift rent due dates to the middle of the month.

For tenants who have committed serious lease violations, the notice requirement for unlawful-detainer actions would likewise grow from three days to 10. If the tenant has created a nuisance or engaged in illegal activity, the notice period would be extended from three to five days.

Assemlyman David Chiu

The bill also would give tenants much more time to respond to an eviction complaint.

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