Illinois 5 Day Notice to Vacate

Last Updated: December 27, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

An Illinois 5 Day Notice to Vacate is an official eviction letter served to the tenant for an incurable breach of the lease, such as committing a crime that results in a Class X Felony. There is no option to correct the violation and the tenant must move out within five (5) calendar days.

When to Use an Illinois 5 Day Notice to Vacate

Use a 5 Day Notice to Vacate to begin the eviction process for all locations in Illinois:

  • If the tenant committed waste.
  • If the tenant is engaged in any activity that results in a Class X Felony.
  • If the tenant violated the law or any other unlawful conduct, such as illegal drug activity.

If none 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.
  • 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 and charge the costs to the tenant (Chicago only).
  • 10 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant failed to comply with health/safety rules, violated rules with too many occupants at the premises or any other violations of the lease or property rules.
  • 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 Vacate

The Illinois 5 Day Notice to Vacate 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. Specify the incurable breach or violation;
  4. Include the tenant’s balance due, if applicable;
  5. Enter the date the tenancy terminates;
  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 Vacate

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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