Time Period for Executing Writ of Possession

The Writ of Possession gives the Sheriff thirty (30) days in which to execute, however, our office expedites these processes since each day the tenant remains on the property the greater the loss by the landlord. Effective July 1, 2000, this code, 8.01-470, has been modified to read, "The execution of the Writ of Possession by the Sheriff should occur within fifteen (15) calendar days from the date the writ is received by the Sheriff, or as soon as practicable thereafter, but in no event later than thirty (30) days from the date the Writ of Possession was issued." While this change speeds up the eviction process, it allows for discretion as well.

It is important to remember the date the Writ was issued should a postponement be requested after scheduling the eviction. This will be discussed in detail later. (8.01 - 470, 8.01 -471 code of Virginia)

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Code of Virginia

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