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A writ of possession is a document issued by the court after the landlord wins an unlawful detainer (eviction) lawsuit. The writ of possession is served on the tenant by the sheriff. The writ informs the tenant that the tenant must leave the rental unit by a certain time period, or the sheriff will forcibly remove the tenant. Writs of possession are governed by state and local laws, which vary by jurisdiction. Local laws should be consulted for specific requirements in your area.