Eviction laws, and therefore the procedures to follow, vary from state to state. It is imperative you know the laws before you attempt an eviction. Some state laws stipulate the number of members of the eviction crew, the equipment and transportation to be used and other particulars.
All evictions are directed by a local law enforcement representative – normally a sheriff’s deputy. The instructions of the officer in charge must be followed even if they differ from those stated on your work order. Local jurisdiction takes precedence over work order instructions and any instructions the officer provides that differ from the work order must be documented in the comments area of your report.
The purpose of an eviction is to vacate any remaining occupants, secure the property and remove all personal property that belongs to the mortgagor. Normally the personal property is placed near the curb but you may be instructed otherwise by the officer in charge.
The following eviction procedures is generic in nature because, as stated earlier, procedures change from state to state. Know your local and state laws.
- All interior/exterior personals moved to the curb (or as directed by the officer).
- All exterior doors must be secured; doors with a knob lock and deadbolt should have both locks re‐keyed or changed to the stipulated key code.
- All detached garages, outbuildings, and crawl spaces are to be secured.
- Overhead garage doors must be locked and should be padlocked if they do not have a working lock mechanism in place.
- All exterior windows must be closed and locked with existing hardware. Contractor should bid to install locking mechanism if absent.
- All sliding glass doors with exterior access are to be double locked with slider locks meaning locks are installed on the upper and lower portion of the glass doors.
- If a pool or hot tub is present outside all access gates must be secured.
- All other work specified on the work order, such as grass cuts in season or winterizations in season are to be completed.
- All conveyance bids and bid photos are submitted along with condition and damage photos, plus an “eyeball” estimate of all non‐conveyance damages.
- Abandoned vehicles are to be removed only if required by the officer, otherwise they should be bid. If the officer requires you to remove a vehicle, this must be stated in your report. The towing receipt becomes part of your documentation. If the officer has the vehicle towed at the county’s expense this needs to be noted in your report.
- Billing is in man hours with a minimum of one hour per crew member, up to a maximum of four hours per crew member.
- The completion results must be uploaded the same day as the eviction.
- Identifier photos: street, house number, front view of house
- Sheriff photo or vehicle
- Crew photo of all members present
- Before/after photos of interior/exterior personals removed
- Photos of post‐eviction debris at the curb
- Before/during/after photos of all other work performed
- Securing notice photo
- Conveyance bid photos
- Condition photos
- Conveyance damage bid and non‐conveyance damage estimate photos
- If the officer requires you to remove a vehicle the towing receipt must be uploaded.