The Sheriff’s Eviction will be the final step to gain possession of your property. Once you have obtained the Writ of Possession you are almost done with a very lengthy and frustrating process of evicting a tenant in California. My first time doing an eviction I was shocked to find out that you must pay for the sheriff’s services to carry out the eviction. The fee was $125, but this will vary from county to county so be prepared for yet another expense. You will have to go to the sheriff’s department to pay the fee and show proof of the Writ of Possession. The sheriff will post a notice at the property informing the tenant that they have 5 days to vacate the premises. If the tenant does not leave within the five days the sheriff will meet you at the property and remove the tenant. Hopefully the tenant will realize that they will be forced to leave and will move voluntarily before the 5 days is up. Any property left behind by the tenant will need to be stored by the landlord for 2 weeks. During that time the landlord must try to contact the tenant to arrange for them to pick up their belongings. If the tenant does not respond then the landlord can keep, sale, or dispose of the tenant’s belongings.