How do I serve a notice? This includes 3-day notice to pay rent or quit, 3-day notice to perform covenants or quit, 3-day notice to quit and 30 or 60 day notice of termination of tenancy for residential tenancies.
Use the proper form is very important. If you do not use the proper form your case can fail.
Have a proof of service with you to fill out once service is completed.
There are 3 ways to serve a notice in California:

  1. Personal Service – By personally handing a copy of the notice to each tenant;
  2. Substituted Service – By personally handing a copy of the notice to an adult over the age of 18 who is in charge of the residence and mailing the notice that same day in a postage prepaid envelope. This can be anyone who has control of the rental unit when you go to serve, including an adult daughter, the spouse or any other adult. You must mail the notice that same day so that it is postmarked on the day you do service; so if you serve after the Post Office closes, mark the proof of service that you served the next day (the day of postmark);
  3. By posting and mailing – By posting a copy on a conspicuous place (like the front door) and mailing the notice that same day in a postage prepaid envelope.