Get help if you’re being evicted

By law, the Sheriff’s Office is the only agency in San Francisco that may carry out court-ordered evictions.

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What is an eviction?

An eviction is a legal process completed by a landlord or property owner to remove a tenant from a property

How does an eviction work?

Your landlord or property owner must go to court and request an order for eviction. You will receive notice of the court date so you can appear. If the landlord or property owner is successful with their request, the court will issue them a writ of possession. The landlord or property owner must file the writ of possession with the Sheriff’s Office. This directs the office to perform an eviction.

For More Information

California Courts: Evictions
What to know if you are facing eviction

  • If you are facing eviction, please get legal help right away. There are multiple steps that must happen before an eviction can take place
  • Landlords cannot lock you out of the property, change the locks, or turn off utilities until after the Sheriff’s Office has carried out the court-ordered eviction
  • If the court orders your eviction, the Sheriff’s Office will post a notice at your address at least five days before the eviction date
  • If you refuse to leave the property on the scheduled date, a Sheriff’s deputy may arrest you
  • You may not return to the address following an eviction -- except to pick up your property if it is stored there. You must do this within 15 days of the eviction by arrangement with the landlord


Your pets and property

  • Your pets are your responsibility. Your landlord will call Animal Care and Control to pick up any pets you leave behind
  • If you do not take all your belongings, California law requires your landlord to store them up to 15 days
  • You must arrange with your landlord to pick up your property within 15 days of an eviction 
  • Your landlord must let you pick up your property. If they do not, contact the San Francisco Police Department or an agency on our list of eviction assistance resources

Get help

Get help for an eviction

San Francisco Superior Court
ACCESS Center

400 McAllister Street, Room 509
San Francisco, CA 94102-4514
(415) 551-5880 Information Line Only

San Francisco Housing Resource Guide

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Office cannot provide legal advice. If you have a legal problem, we suggest contacting an attorney. 

CA Business & Professions Code Section 6125
Government Code 24004