Washington DC- NEW Evictions Process
December 9, 2018
New process began August 13, 2018
|The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) is responsible for executing evictions (writs of restitution) issued by DC Superior Court judges, a responsibility unique to the USMS within the District of Columbia. In other jurisdictions, evictions are generally carried out by the local sheriff's office or other local law enforcement agency. In order to bring it in line with other urban jurisdictions, the USMS has updated its procedures and adopted significant changes to modernize evictions to ensure that they are carried out in a safe, compassionate, and professional manner while also efficiently carrying out the court's orders.
|Scheduling of evictions
|Frequently Asked Questions
|Must I take the first available date the USMS offers me?
No. You are not required to take the first date we the USMS is available. However, you must select a date that is available and that is within 67 days of the issue date of the writ. If you select a later date and the eviction cannot be completed within the 75 day life of the order for any reason, you may be required to refile and pay new fees.
Can scheduled evictions be rescheduled?
No. Once the eviction is scheduled it cannot be rescheduled due to the fact that notification has already been made to the tenant.
I am at the premises at the time assigned to me and the deputies are not here? What should I do?
Many evictions are scheduled each day and the time required to complete each eviction varies. Contact the USMS at (202) 616-8633 for an updated arrival time.
What are my notice and storage responsibilities to the tenant?
The USMS does not establish or enforce storage or notice requirements. Requirements established by D.C. Legislation can be found at the D.C. Council website.
|Can I avoid this eviction?
Yes. You may avoid eviction by resolving the case with your landlord or by vacating the premises before the Marshals arrive?
How much time will I have once the Marshals arrive?
Many evictions are scheduled each day and they must be completed quickly once the Marshals arrive. You will only be granted a few minutes to gather valuables once the Marshals arrive. Do not expect to have time to pack belongings, search for items, or make arrangements at that time.
What time will the Marshals be at my property on the day of the eviction?
The Marshals may arrive any time between 9am and 5pm on the scheduled date. In order to assure that you are not evicted, you must resolve the case or vacate the premises before 9am on the scheduled date. Tentative eviction times are determined the day before the scheduled eviction, however, eviction times are subject to frequent changes throughout the scheduled day. DO NOT ASSUME THAT AN EVICTION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED TIME.
Will my property be removed and placed on the street?
No. The Marshals Service no longer orders property to be placed on the public street. You should remove all of your property BEFORE the scheduled eviction date in order to ensure that you do not lose access to it. The Marshals Service does not have any role in property recovery once the eviction has been carried out.
What will happen if I do not comply with the order to vacate issued by the Marshal?
U.S. Marshals are federal law enforcement officers and District of Columbia Peace Officers and you must obey their lawful orders. Failure to comply with the orders of a Marshal during an eviction can result in arrest and prosecution. You must vacate before the scheduled evictions date or the Marshals Service will order you to leave when they arrive. Marshals may force entry during an eviction if necessary.
|Are evictions carried out sooner under the new process?
No. During the first 6 weeks of the new process, writs were carried out an average of 30.7 days after they were issued. This is approximately the same amount of time as evictions carried out in the summer of 2017.
Has the new process been successful?
Yes. Very few problems have been encountered with the new process. A post eviction survey of the landlords in more than 200 completed evictions uncovered few post eviction problems and a 100% preference for the new process over the previous practice.
|Scheduling and Execution - U.S. Marshals Service
Email - [email protected]
Telephone (202) 616-8633
Court Process - DC Superior Court Landlord & Tenant Branch
Website - www.dccourts.gov/services/civil-matters/landlord-tenant
Live chat available on website
Telephone (202) 879-4879
Tenant Services - Office of the Tenant Advocate
Website - www.ota.dc.gov
Telephone (202) 719-6560