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Fresno Eviction Process


Many of my clients often have questions about how the eviction process actually works. The following serves as a rough outline of the process.


Creation of the Tenancy

To use the summary Unlawful Detainer procedure in California you must first have a certain relationship with the tenant. This is typically a Landlord/Tenant relationship, but it may also commonly be an Employer/Employee relationship such as in the case of an on-site resident apartment manager.


Termination of the Tenancy

Before the unlawful detainer case may be filed, the tenancy must first be terminated. The way this is done depends on the facts and circumstances in your situation, but it typically requires service of a notice to the tenant.


  • Common Types of Notices

    • 3-Day to Pay or Quit - Gives the tenant 3 days to pay the past-due rent or move-out.

    • 3-Day to Perform or Quit - Gives the tenant 3 days to perform a covenant under the lease or move-out.

    • 30/60/90 Day Notice to Quit - Can be used to terminate a month-to-month rental agreement, but not a lease.


The unlawful detainer can be filed the next business day after the notice period has expired if the tenant refuses to vacate.


Unlawful Detainer Case


Now that the case is filed, it must be served and the tenant is provided an opportunity to respond to the allegations


Tenants are only allowed 5 days to respond to an unlawful detainer summons, or else a default can be entered against them to prevent them from responding.


If a tenant responds the case is set for trial within 20 days. In Fresno County, unlawful detainer trials are handled on Tuesdays at 8:30 am.


If a tenant does not respond, the clerk enters default and judgment for possession.


Once a judgment for possession is entered the Sheriff will serve the tenant and remove them from your property.


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