Illinois 5 Day Notice to Quit

Last Updated: December 27, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

An Illinois 5 Day Notice to Quit is a legal eviction form written by the landlord and served to the tenant for nonpayment of rent. The tenant has the option to pay the rent balance due or vacate the premises within five (5) calendar days.

When to Use an Illinois 5 Day Notice to Quit

Use a 5 Day Notice to Quit to begin the eviction process in all locations in Illinois if the tenant is late on rent (starting the day after it is due), either in part or in full.

If the above is not true, use one of the below forms to evict a tenant:

  • 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 any other unlawful activity.
  • 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).
  • 14 Day Notice to Comply – If the tenant failed to repair or replace a damaged item in the rental unit during the timeframe specified, then the landlord will make the repairs at the tenant’s cost (Chicago only).
  • 10 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant failed to maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary manner, violated rules with too many occupants at the premises or any other violations of the lease or rules/regulations.
  • 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 5 Day Notice to Quit

The 5 Day Notice to Quit 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. Enter the amount of rent due and the date it became due;
  4. Include the total amount to be paid;
  5. The date the total amount is due or the date the tenant must vacate the premises;
  6. Include the date the notice is served;
  7. Landlord prints name and signs notice;
  8. Landlord includes address and phone number.

How to Serve an Illinois 5 Day Notice to Quit

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. If there are no persons at the premises, 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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