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Illinois Eviction Forms and Laws

Learn about the Illinois eviction process and notice requirements.

Illinois Eviction Process

The information on this page summarizes residential evictions in Illinois and does not discuss commercial or agricultural real estate.

Forcible Entry & Detainer Lawsuit

1. Write the termination notice. First, a landlord needs to write the appropriate preliminary notice to begin the Illinois eviction process:

2. Serve the tenant and wait. A landlord must deliver the notice to the tenant and inform them of the violations. A landlord will then have the right to file for eviction after the notice period expires unless they offered the tenant a chance to correct the problem.

3. Summons and complaint is filed. If the tenant fails to cure the noncompliance or vacate, the landlord may begin eviction proceedings by filing a Summons & Complaint with a Local Circuit Court along with a copy of the required termination notice served on the tenant.

4. Tenant is served summons & complaint. The landlord must have copies of the court documents to give to the sheriff so they can deliver the summons and complaint to the tenant.

5. Eviction Order. If the tenant submits an answer, a court date will be scheduled to hear testimony from both sides. But if the tenant doesn’t respond, the landlord may request the court to issue an Eviction Order.

6. Sheriff’s Help. If the tenant is still living on the premises by this late stage, the landlord has the right to ask the sheriff to escort the tenant off the property.

Notice to Quit

There are a few different eviction notices that may be used ito file a forcible entry and unlawful detainer case. Choose the one that best describes your needs.
Nonpayment of Rent

A 5 Day Notice to Pay or Vacate demands a tenant to bring the rent current or vacate.

Unlawful Activity/Class X Felony

A 5 Day Notice to Quit may be used if a landlord wants to either allow a tenant to become compliant or just terminate the lease.

Violations Other then Nonpayment

A 10 Day Notice to Quit is for any other violation of tenancy besides delinquent rent.

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