Eviction Notice Requirements: Prince George's County

4/18/16 1:38 PM Rent Court Manager Eviction Notice

The failure to pay rent complaint has gotten a judgement in favor of the landlord. Then the Warrant of Restitution was filed. What eviction procedure is next?

The detailed steps below show the eviction procedure for Prince George’s County Maryland. Follow these steps to ensure a successful eviction with your rental property.

A judge will sign the Warrant of Restitution.

A Warrant of Restitution is also referred to as a “writ.” It’s an order by the court for the Sheriff’s office to carry out the Eviction Order. After it is signed by the judge, it is “Court Approved”.

The District Court will mail a copy of the writ to the Landlord and another copy to the tenant. The original copy of the Writ is mailed to the Sheriff’s office. It usually takes two weeks for the Sheriff’s office to get the document into their system.  The Sheriff might call the Landlord or service provider after an additional one or two weeks. Do not expect it.

We recommend the landlord contact the Sheriff’s office after five to 10 business days of receiving their copy to schedule the eviction. As a service provider, we send a copy of the writ via email to the landlord.


The Warrant of Restitution must be accurate and complete.

Court orders are legal documents for Deputy to enforce. They aren’t permitted to interpret the document. Therefore the writ must accurately reflect the address of the premises. Minor discrepancies in the address risks cancelling the eviction.

  •  Verify the address on the Warrant of Restitution.
  • The address must be clearly displayed on the property. The property must be identifiable as the same address on the Warrant of Restitution.  Ensure the house number or apartment number are clearly marked on the property.
  • The contact name and phone number on the Warrant of Restitution may not be the landlord. That’s okay, it can be updated when you call the Sheriff’s office. This typically occurs if the landlord uses an attorney or service provider. Call the Sheriff’s office with the address and case number. The Sheriff’s office will verify. Then give them the appropriate contact information for the eviction order.
  • Apartment complexes must also include the name of the Apartment Community.


Eviction Procedure requires a minimum staff based on property size.

Prince George’s County mandates the quantity of people required to physically remove tenant belongings. The staff must be on site when the deputy arrives to enforce the eviction order. The eviction can be cancelled if the requirement is not met. The entire eviction procedure may have to begin again with the failure to pay rent court form.


Eviction Staff Requirements

  • 10 persons (1-bedroom apartment)
  • 12 persons (2-bedroom apartment)
  • 15 persons (3-bedroom apartment)
  • 20 persons (single family home)
  • 25 persons (businesses)

The crew must be able-bodied and be capable of clearing all tenant belongings. This includes heavy objects and furniture. Make these arrangements well in advance of the eviction day. Have a suitable crew, appropriate equipment and supplies on site and on time. There are eviction service companies that can help with this effort.


Entering the Property

Do not enter the property on the day of eviction before the deputy arrives. They must enter first. Comply with eviction procedure or your case may be cancelled. Hire a locksmith to unlock the door. Your key may no longer work. Hire a tow truck for each tenant vehicle on site before the Sheriff arrives.


The landlord has not responsibility to give notice of the eviction to the tenant  in Prince George’s County.


Bring your copy of the Warrant of Restitution. Make sure the minimum staff requirements are on site and early. Other circumstance can be cause for an unsuccessful eviction. Read what conditions might stop or delay an eviction.


Rent Court Manager

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