How long after move out from a rental lease are total charges due before any collection efforts are filed? The lease term is finished, I have left the unit and there is unpaid rent.

How long after move out from a rental lease are total charges due before any collection efforts are filed? The lease term is finished, I have left the unit and there is unpaid rent.

Asked on August 20, 2018 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

The landlord can sue the tenant or otherwise take collections efforts IMMEDIATELY on the tenant moving out and terminating his or her tenancy. There is no legal obligation to wait any particular or set time, or give the tenant time to pay (or enter into a payment plan) voluntarily.


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