Step 1: “Post 60 Day Notice to Quit”
Start by posting a “60 Day Notice to Quit” Like all evictions posting notice is required. For Owner Occupancy Evictions 60-day notice is required.
Step 2: File “Declaration of Intent to Evict for Landlord Occupancy” with LAHD
visit https://hcidla2.lacity.org/documents-forms To DOWNLOAD. Click on RENT FORMS
There is a filing fee for a Relocation Application with the city.
It is $473 for Eligible tenants and $723 for Qualified Tenants.
Remember to Get a copy of your GRANT DEED so you can prove you are in fact the property owner to go along with your Declaration.
The only way to file the paperwork (Declaration of Intent to Evict) is by going into LAHD headquarters in person- if you are anywhere in the city of Los Angeles- this is where you must go to file regardless. The office address is:
1200 W 7th Street, 1st floor
Los Angeles 90017
The door will be on the immediate right if you are entering the building from 7th Street. There will be a maze of cubicle walls leading back to the desk where you pay the application fee and file. They accept credit cards and personal checks. Note that they do not have computers or printers for you to access there, so if you haven’t printed out your paperwork- The closest FedEx Kinkos are:
554 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
181 South Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Step 3: Pay Relocation Assistance
After filing the Declaration of intent to evict for landlord occupancy, you are required to pay the tenant the relocation assistance within fifteen (15) days after the posting of the 60 Notice to Quit. The Relocation Assistance amounts are per unit not per tenant.
Some landlords don’t like paying the tenant relocation assistance before they move out. Unfortunately that is how it works, the purpose of the relocation assistance is to help tenants move and that’s why it is required before they move. If you think you have a problem tenant (Maybe a tenant who called an attorney, or is claiming that the property is not habitable when it clearly is) you can escrow the relocation assitance funds. If the tenant is cooperating I wouldn’t go through the hassle of escrowing. There is only 1 escrow company I know of that does this type of escrow although all escrow companies could do it- and that is Wilshire Escrow. Some landlords ask, what happens if I give the tenant the money and they don’t move out? Then that becomes an eviction lawsuit, the Housing Department doesn’t get involved with that so they leave you on your own.
Step 4: Within 3 months after the Owner Occupancy Eviction the landlord is required to file a declaration of occupancy stating that they are now occupying the unit.
Step 5: At the end of the 1st year and 2nd year, the landlord is required to file declaration of occupancy.