How does a landlord terminate a lease for nonpayment of rent?

A landlord may terminate a lease for nonpayment of rent by giving notice to the tenant to either pay what is owed or leave the property. If the tenant pays within five days of receiving that notice, the tenant may remain. If payment is not made, the landlord may begin proceedings to evict the tenant by filing an “unlawful detainer” (eviction) action with the court. In the event that the lease calls for it, a landlord also may recover reasonable attorney’s fees in the event of breach of lease. 

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