Illinois 30 Day Notice to Vacate

Last Updated: December 27, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

An Illinois 30 Day Notice to Vacate is a letter written to terminate a monthly lease or a tenancy of less than one year. In Chicago, this notice terminates a tenancy of up to six months. The letter must be delivered at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to the termination date.

When to Use an Illinois 30 Day Notice to Vacate

A landlord or a tenant may use an Illinois 30-Day Notice to Vacate to end a month-to-month lease or a tenancy of less than one (1) year, other than week-to-week. In Chicago, the landlord or the tenant may use a 30 Day Notice to Vacate to terminate a tenancy of up to six (6) months in length, other than week-to-week.

This letter may also be used for tenants that do not have a written lease that pay rent monthly or for tenants with an expired lease.

Any tenant that holds over or overstays the lease without a special agreement may also be provided a lease termination letter by the landlord with at least thirty (30) calendar days notice to vacate the premises.

The letter must be provided by either party at least thirty (30) calendar days before the termination date.

How to Write an Illinois 30 Day Notice to Vacate

For a lease termination notice to be legally compliant:

  1. State who the legal letter is addressed to (use full name of the receiving party).
  2. Include the termination date of the lease or tenancy.
  3. Fill in the full address of the rental premises.
  4. For tenants, provide your new address and an updated phone number.
  5. Sign the notice and print your name.
  6. For landlords, include contact information, such as address and phone number.
  7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery along with printed name and signature.

Without this information on the lease termination notice, a judge may not be able to proceed with legal action.

How to Serve an Illinois 30 Day Notice to Vacate

A landlord or tenant can deliver lease termination notices in Illinois using any of the below acceptable methods:

  1. Handing the notice to the receiving party in person;
  2. Handing the notice to a person at the premises who can accept the legal letter on behalf of the tenant;
  3. Mailing the notice by certified or registered mail with a return receipt.

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