Illinois 60 Day Notice to Vacate

Last Updated: December 27, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

An Illinois 60 Day Notice to Vacate is a legal letter written to terminate a tenancy from year-to-year. This notice is also used in Chicago to terminate a tenancy of six (6) months to three (3) years in length or as a notice of non-renewal of the lease.

When to Use an Illinois 60 Day Notice to Vacate

A landlord or a tenant may use an Illinois 60-Day Notice to Vacate to end a tenancy from year-to-year in accordance with state law.

In Chicago, the landlord or the tenant may use a 60 Day Notice to Vacate to terminate a tenancy of six (6) months to three (3) years in length. This lease termination letter may also be used in Chicago by either party as a notice of non-renewal of the lease, which can be served anytime within the four (4) months preceding the last sixty (60) calendar days of the lease.

Either party shall provide the lease termination letter at least sixty (60) calendar days prior to the end date specified in the notice or before the expiration of the lease.

How to Write an Illinois 60 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 60 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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