Not renewing a list as I want to sell my property

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I am thinking about not renewing my lease (which is expiring in a week) as I want to sell a house.

The property is in CA. Is it good just tell the tenants about not renewing and ask them to move out. 

I know the requirement for the notice is 60 days. I don't have problem with that. In fact, I am planning to give them 6 months notice in advance, in good faith, and also give them plenty of time to find their new place.

My questions are :

(1) simply informing the tenants about not renewing in a form of letter

is GOOD?


(2) I heard that now asking tenant to move out, landlord has to proved one month's free rent? 

Does it apply to my case - which is NOT eviction, just NOT renewing the lease ?


Thanks for your insights and replies.

It depends on the property and where exactly it is in California.  Areas like Los Angeles and San Francisco have rent control where it might require you to pay relocation fees.

I have never heard of being forced to provide a month free. Statewide rent control does have some restrictions for no-fault evictions but again, it depends on the type of property. For example, a SFR and condos do not fall under statewide rent control unless the properties are in an LLC.

Although you are not renewing the lease, some might consider this as a "no fault" eviction.  I would consult an attorney because with COVID the rules have been changed on us.

Thank you so much for your reply!

My property is in San Leandro, CA, a single family home.


Any more thoughts based on this “new” city info? (should have stated city name in last post. Did not think of that. )

Re-cap questions:

(1) is it OK (acceptable), legally speaking, to send a notice letter to my tenants informing them of non-renewal when their lease is up? (property is in San Leandro, CA)

(2) anything more to take note?

(3) my case falls under “eviction” at no fault?  But there is restrictions due to COVID?

Thanks for your time!!!


This is helpful.  I'm not familiar with San Leandro law.  In either case, a lot of the "COVID Rules" are statewide.

I would consult an attorney to make sure you aren't opening yourself up to liability.

I would also have the tenants sign something saying they agree to the ending of the lease.