Illinois 7 Day Notice to Vacate

Last Updated: December 27, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

An Illinois 7 Day Notice to Vacate is an official document written to terminate a week-to-week lease or for tenants with no written lease that pay rent weekly. The lease termination letter is provided to either party at least seven (7) calendar days before the termination date.

When to Use an Illinois 7 Day Notice to Vacate

The landlord or the tenant may use an Illinois seven (7)-Day Notice to Vacate to end a week-to-week lease. This lease termination letter may also be used for tenants with no written lease that pay rent weekly. There is no option to continue the arrangement and the tenancy will end within seven (7) calendar days.

How to Write an Illinois 7 Day Notice to Vacate

The seven (7) Day Notice to Vacate form is to be completed as follows:

  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 7 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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