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Eviction Process

Dubuque County Sheriff Evictions

1. Notice for Non-Payment of Rent

If rent is not paid when due, the landlord must deliver a "NOTICE TO CURE OR QUIT" (Three-Day Notice form) to the tenant. This notice must state that the rent is due but unpaid, and the landlord intends to terminate the Rental Agreement in three (3) days if the rent is not paid.

2. Notice to Terminate Tenancy for Any Other Reasons

If the landlord wishes to terminate tenancy for any other reason and is not familiar with applicable landlord tenant laws, THEY SHOULD SEEK LEGAL ADVICE.

3. Forcible Entry & Detainer

All notices to terminate must be followed up by serving a FORCIBLE ENTRY NOTICE which is obtained from the Clerk of Court. This sets a court date for the landlord and the tenant to appear in court. The landlord will be requesting an immediate eviction. The landlord must have all copies of previous notices in the court file to have them available to present at court. IF THE PLACE OF SERVICE HAS A LOCKED SECURITY DOOR, WE NEED A KEY SO WE CAN MAKE SERVICE.

4. Writ of Possession

When the Clerk of Court receives a ruling on a Forcible Entry & Detainer action in your favor, you will need to request that the Clerk issue a Writ of Possession to the Sheriff. IT WILL NOT BE DONE AUTOMATICALLY.

The Sheriff's Office will be delivering a copy of the Writ along with a posting order stating the date of the eviction to the address of the defendant. We require that this be done at least some time during the day before the eviction. It is not necessary to serve this order on the defendant, as we will post it on the door if no one is available.

The day of the eviction, we will expect the plaintiff or his agent to check the location to see it the defendant has vacated voluntarily. Please call our office to either confirm or cancel the eviction. Contact the Sheriff's Office at (563) 589-4421 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays) to schedule an eviction time. We will not respond until we hear from you. If you discover that the defendant has vacated previous to the eviction date, please inform our office so we can use that time for other purposes.

At the time of the eviction, we will expect the plaintiff to provide enough manpower to complete the eviction in approximately one hour. We recognize that unusual situations requiring some more time will occur occasionally. The process must be completed by 4:00 p.m. and will be scheduled with that goal in mind. Our function is to provide the authority, keep the peace, and direct the procedure.

We also request that the plaintiff provide enough boxes and large trash bags to facilitate efficient moving of property. If heavy rain or snow is imminent, it is suggested that sheets of plastic be used to cover the property to prevent unnecessary damage. The eviction will only be postponed because of more severe weather conditions. If a waterbed needs to be drained we may request that you bring a pump in the interest of time. If a refrigerator or freezer is involved, we will expect the plaintiff to secure the appliance so a child will not have access or remove the door.

We will have the plaintiff move the property to the area where garbage pickup is done. We expect the plaintiff to remove all property/garbage from the location. We will not get involved in determining what is valuable and what is not. If the defendant vacates voluntarily, it is up to the plaintiff to decide if they want to have our office stand by while any remaining property is removed. If the eviction procedure is canceled, the plaintiff accepts any liability for property left behind.