The process consists of three steps.
The landlord sends the tenant a letter telling them to vacate within a specific amount of time.
Once that time has passed, he landlord goes to the Clerk of Court to obtain a “Complaint for Eviction” (five day notice). Once that has been served or posted the tenant has five business days to answer, move or make amends with the landlord.
The landlord then goes to the clerk of the court for a Writ of Possession. The clerk will then prepare the paperwork for the judge’s signature and then send the paperwork to the Civil Process Division of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy will then post the writ. The landlord will then contact the civil division for a lock out date and time. The writ must be posted for 24 hours, calculated from the time the deputy posts it on the residence to 24 hours later. An example would be if it is posted at 2 p.m., the time is up at 2 p.m. tomorrow. The only time there is an exception is if it is posted on a Friday. It would then be extended to the next business day.