Illinois 10 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

Last Updated: March 30, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

An Illinois 10 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate is a letter that complies with Chicago-specific legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for a “curable” lease violation (i.e., one which the tenant is allowed an opportunity to correct), such as disturbing the quiet enjoyment of neighbors. The tenant must take appropriate corrective action or move out within ten (10) calendar days of receiving notice.

When To Use an Illinois 10 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

A 10 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate begins the eviction process in Chicago for the following tenant violations:

  • Disturbing the quiet enjoyment of neighbors
  • Violating occupancy rules
  • Other violations of the lease
In Chicago, a landlord must give the tenant an opportunity to correct a lease violation if possible. In the rest of Illinois, the landlord may evict for a lease violation with no opportunity to correct. This form may, however, be appropriate for a landlord outside Chicago who wishes to give an opportunity to cure a tenant lease violation, even though it’s not legally required.

Some types of Illinois lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

    How To Write an Illinois 10 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

    To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Comply or Vacate:

    1. Use the full name of the receiving parties, and address of record, if known
    2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
    3. Specify the basis upon which the tenancy will terminate, and the corrective action(s) necessary to avoid termination
    4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
    5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
    6. Print name and sign the notice
    7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

    It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

    How To Serve an Illinois 10 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

    Illinois landlords may deliver a Notice To Comply or Vacate using any of these methods:

    1. Hand delivery to the tenant
    2. Hand delivery to a person at least age 13 on the property who can accept the notice on behalf of the tenant
    3. Delivery by registered or certified mail with return receipt requested
    4. Only when the premises are abandoned: Posting at a conspicuous place on the premises, such as the entry door

    In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.