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
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
▪ If the occupants vacate the property prior to the