California 14-Day Notice to Quit (Domestic Violence)

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Updated June 01, 2022

A California fourteen (14) day notice to quit is a letter that allows a tenant to terminate a lease agreement by claiming that they have been a victim of domestic violence or stalking. The tenant will remain responsible for any back-rent or rent that is due during the 14 calendar days that are given as the notice period to vacate the premises. The landlord will be obligated, under State law, to release the tenant from any further obligations under the lease beyond the notice period.

LawsCivil Code 1946.7

Qualified Third (3rd) Party

The tenant will be obligated under the law to attach the “Tenant Statement Qualified Third (3rd) Party Statement Under Civil Code 1946.7” that requires the domestic violence incident(s) to be reported to one (1) of the following individuals:

  • Sexual assault counselor;
  • Domestic violence counselor;
  • Human trafficking caseworker;
  • Physician;
  • Osteopathic physician;
  • Registered nurse;
  • Psychiatrist;
  • Psychologist;
  • Social worker;
  • Marriage or family therapist; or
  • Clinical Counselor.

After being completed by one (1) of the aforementioned individuals the eviction notice may be sent to the landlord.

How to Write

Download: Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word (.docx) or Open Document Text (.odt).

1 – Save The Quit Notice On Your Computer

The notice pictured in the image on this page is readily accessible as a PDF or word processing file. You can download this form by selecting the button labeled “PDF” to view and saving it as an Adobe PDF document or you can obtain it as a word processing file by selecting either the “Word” or “ODT” buttons. It is generally recommended to save a workable copy of this form for future use.

2 – Open This Notice With Your Return Address And Current Date

As with most letters, you will need to supply your return address to the upper left-hand area of the notice. Locate the blank lines provided then supply the address where a written response to your notice should be sent. This should consist of your full name, street address, applicable suite number (if any), city, state, and zip code. Document the calendar date that should be associated with this letter on the blank line labeled “Date.”

3 – Identify The Leased Property And Rental Agreement

We must formally report where the leased property the Tenant plans on vacating is located. The official address of this property should be referenced on the lease that is being canceled through this notice. First, report the building number, street name or number, and (if relevant) apartment number on the first blank line of the introduction. The next two blank lines (following the terms “City Of” and “State Of”) have been reserved so that you can present the city and state associated with the street address you reported above. Now, locate the start date on the lease being canceled. Enter this date with the month name and two-digit calendar day on the space after the words “Started On” then the start year on the blank space after the number “20.”

4 – Provide Your Dated Signature

In order to solidify your intent to vacate the premises and cancel the lease, you will need to sign your name on the blank line labeled “Signature Of Tenant” at the bottom of the first page. Make sure to record the current calendar date on the adjacent line as soon as you provide your signature.

5 – The Tenant And A Third Party Must Participate In The Qualified Statement

The second page will begin the accompanying document titled “Tenant Statement Qualified Third (3rd) Party Statement Under Civil Code Section 1946.7.” The Tenant issuing the notice above will need to tend to “Part I. Statement By Tenant” before continuing. Begin by providing the full name of the Tenant on the blank space that precedes the label “Name Of Tenant.” The blank line after the words “…Have Been A Victim Of” will need some information as well but we will turn our attention to the area directly below it first. This bracketed area will present a list of crimes. Select the crime the Tenant suffered from this list and report it on the blank line in the second paragraph. You may indicate that one or more of these crimes were attempted or perpetrated (domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, human trafficking, elder abuse, or dependent adult abuse). Record the last calendar date when the safety risk committed (or attempted to commit) the crime you documented on the blank line after the words “…Most Recent Incident(s) Happened On Or About.”  If the name of the individual who has caused the incidents above is known, then supply it to the next set of blank lines. If there was more than one perpetrator, then present the full name of each one in this area. Make sure to supply a physical description if possible. The Tenant must sign the “Signature Of Tenant” line in this area then enter the signature date on the adjacent line. The next part of this document, “Part II. Qualified Third (3rd) Party Statement,” will need the participation of an individual with some specific qualifications. This person may be a sexual assault counselor (as per Section 1035.2 of the Evidence Code), a domestic violence counselor (meeting the requirements of Section 1037.1 of the Evidence Code), a human trafficking caseworker (as defined by Section 1038.2), or a licensed medical/mental health professional in the State of California. We will begin by supplying the full name of the Third Party on the first blank line. The Third Party will also need to supply his or her business address and telephone number on the blank lines after the statement “My Business Address And Phone Number Are…” Now the Third Party will need to self-identify by marking one of the checkbox descriptions in the next area. The checkbox attached to the first paragraph should be marked if the Third Party is a sexual assault counselor (according to Section 1035.2 of the Evidence Code) and works with a rape crisis center providing the programs outlined in Section 13835.2 of the Penal Code. If not, then leave this paragraph unmarked. The second checkbox should be marked if the Third Party is a domestic violence counselor as defined by Section 1037.1 of the Evidence Code and is either employed or volunteers by a qualifying domestic violence victim service. The third checkbox statement should be marked if the Third Party is a human trafficking caseworker (as per Section 1038.2 of the Evidence Code) and is employed/volunteers for an institution that runs programs described in Section 18294 of the Welfare and Institutions Code or programs listed in Section 13835.2 of the Penal Code. If the Third Party does not meet this requirement then this statement should be unmarked. If none of the above statements apply and the Third Party is licensed as a mental health or medical professional, then mark the last checkbox paragraph. In addition, define the profession of the Third Party on the first blank line. physicians, surgeons, osteopathic physicians/surgeons, registered nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed professional clinical counselors are considered qualified to be the Third Party on this form. Fill in the Third Party’s qualifying profession on the first blank line. Make sure that the licensing number, entity, and state that holds the Third Party to his or her profession are reported on the second blank space. The Third Party must now read the remainder of this document. He or she must sign the blank line labeled “Signature Of Qualified Party” then present the signature date on the adjacent blank line as an acknowledgment of this paperwork.