The process servers that we use report to us daily about the services they have completed. During this period we also monitor whether we have received the Declaration of Service and the Sheriff’s Mandatory Data form from the landlord. The Declaration is signed by the landlord indicating when and how the notice was served on the tenant. We must have these documents before we can continue further with the eviction process.
If the process servers are not able to serve the eviction papers to the tenant, we confer with the landlord about alternative methods of service. We will offer the representative of the landlord an opportunity to try to serve the papers, if they wish to. If this is not feasible we obtain a court order authorizing us to serve the eviction papers by posting and mailing. This is known as alternative service. Please see the FAQ section as to the pros and cons of an alternative service.
Once the tenant is served, if we do not receive a response from the tenant by the response date listed on the summons, and the tenant has not vacated or paid, we proceed with a default judgment.
If we receive a response from the defendant after they are served, we confer with the landlord about a possible payment plan/stipulation or scheduling a Show Cause Hearing.