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If the court finds that the tenant has breached the lease or failed to pay rent and that the notice and service requirements were effectuated properly, then the court should grant possession and a judgment for damages. The "writ of possession" (grant of authority to claim possession) will not be issued until the 10 day appeal period is over unless you requested immediate possession for failure to pay rent or a non-remedial breach of the lease (which is what it sounds like happened). I think you might be mistaken on what happened initially as the court must give you 30 days to vacate but the landlord can petition for less time. It also sounds as if you did not respond initially, although I am not sure.
The writ of possession will be issued to the sheriff, which will give him no later than 30 days, but less than 15 days if practicable, to take possession for you. Before the sheriff does, he will serve the tenant with 72 hours notice that the he intends to execute his authority to secure possession. The notice will include the date and time of this execution and will notify the tenant that he has 24 hours after being removed from the property to collect his things. The sheriff will remove the tenants and any unauthorized hangers on and he will put all the tenants belongings on the curb. If the tenant fails to collect the belongings after 24 hours they are considered abandoned and you may do with them what you wish.
You could try to file a motion to reconsider as it seems like your 10 days to appeal have passed. See link for form: http://www.courts.state.va.us/forms/district/dc368.pdf I would highly recommend that you retain an attorney although at this point it might be too late. The process can be difficult if you are not familiar and are going up against an attorney with no counsel of your own.
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