48 Court Street
Canton, New York 13617
Kevin M. Wells - Sheriff
Brooks J. Bigwarfe - Undersheriff
Barbara Carbone - Secretary to the Sheriff
St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office
Civil Division Eviction Policy
The policy of the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Civil Division is NOT to give legal advice on the matter of evictions. If the matter proceeds to court, and a warrant has been issued, the following guidelines are in effect when the warrant is executed.
ALL fees and anticipated expenses to the Sheriff must be paid in advance.
The Civil Division MUST INSPECT the WARRANT before accepting and executing. Warrants will not be accepted after 30 days from issuance without good cause and/or confirmation by the issuing Court.
ALL EVICTION EXPENSES INCURRED BY THE Sheriff’s Civil Division, i.e.: employee overtime; will be billed to you when the process is finalized.
FEES ARE: $116.00 for initial person and $32.00 for any additional persons, plus mileage (three times). No refunds once the procedure has commenced
The original warrant must be furnished from the court of jurisdiction. The warrant must contain the following:
Address warrant to: THE SHERIFF OF ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY
Original copy – containing Judge’s signature
Eviction Residence – 911 address, complete description of residence containing apartment number, i.e.: if apartment house specify on warrant Apartment A, downstairs, upstairs, right, left, straight ahead, etc.
72-HOUR NOTICE SERVED
The Sheriff’s Civil Division will proceed by serving a seventy-two (72) hour notice.
Do not anticipate anything. You will be contacted. We will provide you with the date, and time of the eviction.
You are expected to be at the residence on the date, and time of the eviction.
YOU are responsible for the physical removal of any belongings left by former tenants. You must provide storage for items removed (for a reasonable period). If you choose to remove belongings of former tenants you must bear the responsibility for same as follows:
Adequate manpower to remove the items. (We suggest 3 to 4 people for an apartment or 4 to 5 people for an entire house).
Proper storage area. (We suggest inside storage. However, it can be outside so long as you properly cover the items and provide for their safety/security.) The property cannot be stored on the eviction property.
Equipment (trucks, etc.) must be provided by you to remove the items. We will not and can not provide assistance to you in this. (We suggest several pickup trucks and for an excessive eviction, rental of a large truck.)
EVICTION TIME PARAMETERS
If you provide manpower and equipment, as stated above, the eviction should be accomplished within the officer’s regular work schedule. However, if the officer is required to work beyond his regular hours, you will be charged for his/her overtime.
If you cannot meet the aforementioned requirements, the Sheriff’s Civil Division may possibly be able to assist you in making arrangements. In any case, the arrangements are strictly between you and the vendor.
Questions regarding storage (how long to store) should be addressed to your attorney. However, we feel a proper period of time should be allotted.
NOTIFICATION TO EVICTED PERSON REGARDING PROPERTY
The Sheriff’s Civil Division will notify the person(s) evicted that his/her property could be disposed of. The tenant will be responsible to contact you (the landlord) for getting his/her property back. Be reminded that the tenant has as much right to his/her property as you do to yours. You cannot withhold their property for any reason. You must release the property to him/her upon reasonable request.
NOTE: PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT, IF THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS ARE NOT MET,WE CANNOT PROCEED WITH THE EVICTION.THE WARRANT WILL BE RETURNED TO THE COURT and you will be required to pays fees a second time.