Illinois 14 Day Notice to Comply

Last Updated: December 27, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

An Illinois 14 Day Notice to Comply for Chicago is delivered to the tenant for cleaning or making repairs in the rental unit. If the tenant does not comply, the landlord will enter the premises, have the necessary work done and charge the tenant for the cleaning and repair costs.

When to Use an Illinois 14 Day Notice to Comply

In locations outside of Chicago, the landlord is not legally required to give the tenant a chance to correct a lease violation. However, in Chicago, a landlord is required to give the tenant an opportunity to fix a lease violation before moving forward with the eviction process.

Use a 14 Day Notice to Comply to begin the eviction process in Chicago:

  • If the tenant failed to comply with health/safety rules.
  • If the tenant damaged the premises.

If neither of the above are true, use one of the below forms to evict a tenant:

  • 5 Day Notice to Quit -If the tenant is late on rent (starting the day after it’s due), either in part or in full.
  • 5 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant committed an incurable breach that results in a Class X Felony, such as waste, illegal drug activity or other unlawful conduct.
  • 10 Day Notice Vacate – If the tenant committed a health/safety violation, refused to allow the landlord access to the rental unit or violated any other rules of the lease.
  • 10 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate – If the tenant committed a health/safety violation, refused to allow the landlord access to the rental unit or violated any other rules of the lease (Chicago only).
  • 30 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant or the landlord is ending a month-to-month lease or a tenancy of less than one (1) year, other than week-to-week. This letter may also be used for tenants with no written lease that pay rent monthly or for tenants with an expired lease.

How to Write an Illinois 14 Day Notice to Comply

The Illinois 14 Day Notice to Comply form shall be completed as follows:

  1. Write all adult tenants’ names (do not include minors);
  2. Fill in the complete address of the rental premises;
  3. Include grounds for eviction;
  4. Enter the date the tenant must cure the breach;
  5. Include the date the notice is served;
  6. Landlord prints name and signs notice;
  7. Landlord includes address and phone number.

How to Serve an Illinois 14 Day Notice to Comply

A landlord can deliver notices in Illinois using any of the below acceptable methods:

  1. Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
  2. Handing the notice to a person of suitable age and discretion (age 13 or older) at the property AND mailing the notice by certified or registered mail with a return receipt;
  3. Posting the notice in a conspicuous place at the premises, such as the entry door, AND mailing the notice by certified or registered mail with a return receipt.

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