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How long does it take after an eviction trial for a Sheriff lockout to occur?

Answer: Approximately 7 to 10 days. The process is as follows: After the court enters a judgment for possession of real property, the landlord may obtain a writ of possession from the court clerk by submitting a written request and paying $25. The writ of possession is then forwarded to the Sheriff along with Sheriff’s instructions and a $145 fee. The Sheriff then posts a notice on the premises giving the occupants 5 days to vacate. If the occupants fail to vacate within the 5 day period, the Sheriff will conduct a lockout and place the landlord in peaceful possession of the premises. At the time of the lockout, the Sheriff will provide the landlord with a receipt for possession of the premises.

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July 24, 2015 | Landlord-Tenant Law |