The San Diego Sheriff's Department has the responsibility to carry out court ordered evictions. 

Evictions can only occur after a landlord has received a judgment from the court and a writ of possession has been served or posted on the property. The purpose of a Writ of Possession is to place the rightful party, possession of real property.  Writs of possession usually arise as a result of a tenant's non-payment of rent or a breach of the rental or lease agreement.

After the process has been brought to the department with the appropriate fee, the tenant or the tenant's attorney of record will be sent a letter notifying the scheduled date of eviction.  The tenant or appointed agent will also receive a telephone call on the work day preceding the eviction with the exact time the Deputy Sheriff will meet with the tenant at the property.

On the day of the eviction, landlords or property owners may wish to change the locks at the residence while the Deputy Sheriff stands by for a reasonable time for this purpose. The landlord or property owner must provide access to the property in order to complete the eviction process.

The San Diego Sheriff's Department will not inventory personal property left at the property. Please refer to Civil Code Sections 1983-1988 regarding lawful disposition of the tenant's property.

For information regarding the eviction procedure, please contact an attorney, research the information at the law library or you can purchase a reference book from a book store. The San Diego Sheriff's Department can not provide legal advice regarding the eviction process.

Please contact a San Diego Sheriff's Department Court Services office:

If you have any information regarding the occupants of these premises related to mental instability, history of or significant propensity for violence or hostile confrontation with law enforcement
If the occupants vacate the property prior to the eviction date