What is the eviction process in Illinois?


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The eviction process in Illinois involves serving the tenant with written notice of the lease's termination, filing a lawsuit and participating in a court hearing, according to Illinois Legal Aid Online. If the landlord wins the order for possession, the order must be filed with the sheriff's office to conduct the eviction.

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As of 2015, Illinois law stipulates that landlords cannot terminate a lease prior to the end date unless the tenant violates a term of the lease or fails to pay rent for a stipulated period of time, explains Illinois Legal Aid Online. The eviction process must begin with a formal notice served to the tenant that indicates intent to terminate the lease and an explanation of violations. The tenant has the right to correct the violation; however, if it is not corrected, the landlord must file a lawsuit to proceed with eviction.

Once a lawsuit is filed, a judge or jury determines if the landlord followed the eviction process and whether the lease can be terminated and the tenant evicted, notes Illinois Legal Aid Online. When a landlord wins the case, the order specifies when the tenant must move. The order of possession must be distributed to the sheriff's office who can enforce the order if the tenant does not comply.

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