Writ of Complaint

A writ of execution is a court order directing the Sheriff to take an action to enforce a judgement.

How to Request Enforcement

In order to have a Writ of Execution enforced, you must download and complete a “writ packet” (linked below) and pay all designated fees. Only attorney’s checks, cashier checks, certified checks, or money orders will be accepted and must be made out to the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office. Three (3) copies of the completed writ packet and appropriate fees should be filed at the main desk of the Sheriff’s Office located at 100 South Broad Street, 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19110 between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.

When filing the writ packet, you must also include a self addressed business envelope with first class postage with the plaintiff or attorney information, and a letter sized envelope with first class postage to the defendant. These envelopes will be used to notify all parties of the final status of the enforcement.

A complaint in ejectment is a beginning of civil remedy notifying occupants of a residence that the plaintiff is the lawful owner and has filed with the court to obtain possession of the property.

Fees for Service

You easily calculate all fees to serve any court order using the Sheriff’s Office Fee Calculator.

The specific fee to serve a complaint in ejectment is dependent on a number of factors, however the average fee is typically $175.  Below are the specific costs depending on the type of complaint you will be filing.

The fees to serve any complaint ordered by a Philadelphia Court or any other Pennsylvania County Court to an address in Philadelphia is as follows:

  • $150 Sheriff’s fee (which covers one defendant)
  • $30 for each additional defendant
  • A $25  mileage charge for each address the complaint must be served to

The fees to serve any complaint ordered by a Philadelphia Court to an address in a Pennsylvania county outside of Philadelphia is as follows:

  • $325  Sheriff’s fee (which covers one defendant)
  • $20 for each additional defendant
  • If there are Philadelphia addresses that need to be served in addition to non-Philadelphia address in Pennsylvania, a $25 mileage charge for each Philadelphia address the complaint must be served to will be charge.  There is no mileage charge for any Pennsylvania address outside of Philadelphia.

The fees to serve any complaint ordered by a Court from a state other than Pennsylvania to an address in Philadelphia is as follows:

  • $150 Sheriff’s fee (which covers one defendant)
  • $30 for each additional defendant
  • A $25 mileage charge for each address the complaint must be served to
  • A $18 state fee per defendant
  • A $5 affidavit fee per defendant

Other Useful Information

  • Once granted, a Writ of Execution is good for 90 days.
  • Deputy Sheriffs attempt service of the writ only during working hours, which are 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday.
  • Deputy Sheriffs make numerous attempts to serve the writ and continue to make attempts for the full 90 days until expiration of the writ.
  • Once the writ is served, a Deputy Sheriff will send you a notice in the self addressed stamp envelope that was provided.
  • If you do not hear from the Sheriff’s office in 45 days, please call our Civil Division at 215-686-3542 to check status.

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