My questions involves 3 day notice to pay in the state of: California
I served a 3 day notice to pay to my tenant who happens to be living in a converted garage that is attached to my house. She owed me three months rent and refused to answer my attempts to contact her. The next day she moved some stuff out. I have no idea whther she is coming back or not. As an added "eff you" she left all the lights on and th A/C on full blast.
Also, the way I handed her the notice was I unlocked the door and walked in and gave it to her. I had been trying to contact her for over a week and i came home and noticed the tv was on. I just thought she left it on the week before and I was going to go in and turn it off. At this point I had no idea she was even coming back. I had knocked on the door several times with no answer. So i unlocked the door, handed her the notice and walked out. I went back in the follwing night to turn off the A/C & lights and to assess any damage because I thought that she had completely moved out (which still might be the case at this point)
My questions then are:
Can I change the locks on the 4th day?
What can i or should I do with her belongings that she leaves behind? Am i free to sell them?
She didn't have an address to mail the notice to but i did hand it to her in person. Is this ok?
Did I violate any laws by walking in and handing her the notice?
Did I violate the law by walking back in after she moved her stuff out to turn off the AC & lights? Per the sheriiff's office they informed me that if I think the house has been vacated, I can go in.
Also, she bounced two checks on me in excess of $500, can I report her to authorities? I was under the impression this constituiutes fraud?
Sorry, my first post but man this has really turned into a fiasco....