**This is for homeowners after a foreclosure/fraudclosure who have lost the Unlawful Detainer either through fighting the UD or by ignoring it; tenants rights are different and not reviewed in this article.
First, no bank or new property owner is allowed to “self help” themselves in removing you from the property. The COURT must grant the alleged new property owner a writ of possession that can only be executed by a law enforcement officer (usually the County Sheriff and/or one of his personnel),and the Court can only grant a Writ of Possession AFTER the party has received a JUDGMENT. The law is very clear that eviction can only take place when proper court procedures are followed. (See California Eviction Process by California Consumer Affairs)
A Writ of Possession is posted by personnel from the Sheriff’s Department – not a legal firm, not a process server. It is NOT a Notice to Quit or a Notice to Vacate; it is not even the Unlawful Detainer Complaint itself. The document is called “Writ of Possession” and when this is posted to your door..TAKE IT SERIOUSLY and pack to move. It typically gives you FIVE days to remove your belongings from the house before the lock out.
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 To fully understand the Unlawful Detainer process and how to fight it, please see our California Homeowners Fighting an Unlawful Detainer.