Evictions & F.I.F.A.
EvictionsThe eviction process begins with the landlord or agent filing a dispossessory affidavit with the Civil and Magistrate Court. Once a dispossess has been served at the residence, the tenant has seven days to file an answer with the Clerk of Court. If no answer is filed, or the tenant does not prove their case in court, a writ of possession (commonly referred to as the eviction order) is issued. Upon receiving the writ of possession, the Marshal's Office will contact the landlord and schedule the eviction. A courtesy notice will be left at the residence no later than 24 hours before the eviction will take place. At the designated time the deputy will meet with the landlord to begin the eviction.
The landlord is responsible for all labor and expenses incurred with the eviction.
Fieri FaciasF. I. F. A. (Fieri Facias) is a directive from the Court to the Sheriff, Marshal, or other authorized officer, requiring him to seize sufficient property of the defendant to satisfy the amount due on the judgment.
A FiFa is an order issued on behalf of the plaintiff (you) against the defendant. Upon requesting a FiFa from the clerk of Civil and Magistrate Court, inform the clerk to forward your FiFa to the Marshal’s Office. A deputy will be assigned to assist you in the levying process. The FiFa can cause property belonging to the defendant to be seized, or levied on, which will be sold at a public auction, in order to satisfy the amount on the FiFa.