St. Louis County Sheriff's Office
Please note, these procedures are effective starting August 9, 2010
Upon receipt of an Execution to return possession of the premises to a landlord, the sheriff will contact the landlord to set a date for the eviction. A Notice to Vacate will be posted by a deputy advising the tenant to remove all personal property, vacate immediately, and the date the eviction is scheduled to take place. If the landlord cannot be reached a voicemail will be left or if the landlord is not ready to proceed with the eviction upon contact, the landlord will be advised of the following:
The eviction will take place as soon as practicable following receipt of the request to schedule the eviction.
The date the writ expires.
That the landlord needs to contact the Sheriff's Department at least 7 calendar days prior to expiration of the writ of execution.
After the eviction is scheduled, the following will take place:
The day before the scheduled eviction, the deputy will contact the landlord to apprise of where they are on the schedule and give an approximate arrival time.
On the day of the eviction the deputy will proceed to the first location, meet with the landlord who will be required to identify the premises to be executed upon, then inform any tenant/occupant who is present of the eviction and order them to leave immediately. After this is accomplished, the deputy will advise the landlord that the eviction is complete and the landlord now has possession of the premises. The deputy will fill out the affidavit of service accordingly.
If the landlord chooses to have the locks changed and the locksmith is present, and if the tenant is present or obviously still lives at the address, the deputy will standby for a reasonable amount of time for the locks to be changed. If the premises is obviously vacant, the deputy will not remain at the site.
The landlord (or his representative) is required to be present and identify the property to be executed upon when the deputy arrives. When multiple evictions are scheduled for the same day, the landlord of each succeeding eviction (after the initial eviction) will be contacted and given a 20 minute notice. If the landlord is not there when the 20 minutes has passed, the deputy will "Stop Action" on the paper.
Landlords should check the property prior to a scheduled eviction to determine whether the tenant has vacated the premises. If the tenant has moved and the property has been vacated, the landlord should contact the Sheriff's Department to cancel the eviction.