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Writ of Possession

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A writ of possession is an order granted by a court which allows a person not currently in possession of a property to take possession of the property. It is commonly issued after a landlord wins an eviction lawsuit against a tenant.

The tenant will be served notice by the sheriff or other law enforcement official that they have a certain amount of time to remove their possessions and to vacate the premises. The amount of time given will vary by state and city, however, 24 hours to vacate is common. If the tenant does not vacate the premises willingly, the sheriff or other law enforcement official can forcibly remove them from the property.

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A writ of possession was issued after Bob won an eviction lawsuit against his tenant, Mary. The sheriff posted the notice on Mary's door, which gave her 24 hours to leave the property willingly, or she would be forcibly removed from the premises.

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