Jonesboro, GA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia

Q: The judge approve a Writ but the sheriff won't be available til Jan 4th. Can we evict the tenant ourselves?

This tenant is violent and we have lost two tenants due to this tenant. The judge issued a writ to remove her on the same day of court because of her violent nature. However, the sheriff won't be available to evict her till Jan 4th 2024. We have two other tenants who feels unsafe. Can we have a team come in and evict her ourselves or do we have to wait till Jan 4th? She haven't paid for anything for 3 months now and even have an extension cord out for the neighbor to use our electricity. She's also trashing our house. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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James Clifton
James Clifton
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Fayetteville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Unfortunately, you have to wait for the sheriff's office to complete an eviction. If you try to remove the tenants yourself, you will be liable to them for any damages incurred. Contact your county commissioners and state representatives to have them set legal deadlines for the sheriff's office to execute a writ of possession. Being a landlord is difficult because of situations like this.

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