How can I remove a tenant that cannot be served the detainer warrant for eviction?

I have a tenant who has breached the lease agreement and has not paid rent in 3 months. I have sent notices and have filed the eviction paperwork with the county court system. It has been 4 weeks since I filed the eviction summons. However, the problem is the county sheriff’s office cannot serve the tenant with the detainer warrant for eviction. When the sheriff or I go to the house she will not answer the door when it is rang. Today I put a notice on the house that I will be coming into the house the next day and I rand the door bell. I could hear children running around but no one answered the door. I rang three times. She will not respond to any of my communications. She has not abandoned the property. What can I do to remove this tenant from the house I rent?

Asked on March 5, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Tennessee


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