Property Preservation Eviction Photos
Taking pictures for an eviction requires that you be empathetic and extremely conservative. Never take photos of any occupants of the property. In fact, unless the circumstances are unusual, all eviction photos can be taken after the occupants have left.
Eviction photos are an add-on to all other photos: bid photos, lock change photos, grass cut photos, etc. The following are the photos that are required only at an eviction but again, these are in addition to other photos that may be necessary:
A photo of personal property moved to the street/curb is required.
A photo of the eviction crew and moving van in front of the property. Try to include some distinguishing feature of the property in the photo so that there is no doubt the photo was taken at the property and not in the Winn Dixie parking lot.
A photo that verifies the number of people performing the eviction. This can often be achieved with the photo above, but several extra pictures are always nice to have.
A photo that verifies the size of the truck.
A photo of the filled truck is required.
A photo of the sheriff or sheriff’s vehicle is required.
If debris is removed as part of the eviction, BEFORE and AFTER photos of the debris are required. These photos are in addition to other debris photos you may take later. Also, this photo requirement is for the debris that the sheriff declares to be debris.
Remember the rules for all photo taking: Be particular about height of the shot, consistent pointing direction of the camera for BEFORE and AFTER, etc.
Once the actual eviction has taken place, it’s time to get on with any other work stipulated on the work order and take those pictures.
During an eviction, the Sheriff is in charge and will dictate to you and your crew what must be done. Most Sheriffs and Deputies assigned to eviction duties have much more experience than any Property Preservation contractor. Even if it is not your normal procedure or not as you think it should be, the Sheriff’s word is the law; do what you are told to do. You are being relieved of a tremendous burden and liability when the Sheriff tells you what is debris destined for the debris pile and what is personal property that is to be set at the curb.
Never take a photo of the Sheriff without asking permission. If the Sheriff denies your request, a photo of the Sheriff’s vehicle will suffice.
Evictions are never easy but you do become accustomed to them after performing a few. However, try not to become callous. The property put at the curb is the personal property of the people evicted. Do them a favor: if it looks like rain, be prepared to cover it with a tarp. Have some signs ready to post along with the belongings; something along the lines of “Personal Property – Do Not Disturb”. Although the neighbors and passersby often do as they please, there is always a chance your little good deed will help.
State law dictates how long the personal property must set at the curb before it becomes “debris”. Sure is nice you have a legal advisor to fill you in on all that stuff.