Illinois Eviction Notice Forms

Last Updated: December 27, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

An Illinois eviction notice form is a legal letter provided to a tenant directing them to correct a breach of their obligations and/or vacate the premises. In Illinois, eviction notices can be served for the nonpayment of rent, lease violations or participating in illegal activity.

Types of Illinois Eviction Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds  Curable?
5 Day Notice to Quit Unpaid Rent Yes
10 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate Lease Violation

(Chicago)

Yes
14 Day Notice to Comply

 

Lease Violation

(Chicago)

Yes
5 Day Notice to Vacate Incurable Breach No
10 Day Notice to Vacate Lease Violation No
30 Day Notice to Vacate Monthly Lease / Less than 1 Year No

Illinois 5 Day Notice to Quit

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An Illinois 5 day Notice to Quit form is used for an eviction for nonpayment of rent. The tenant has the option to pay the balance due, otherwise the tenant must move out and deliver possession of the premises within five (5) calendar days.

Illinois 10 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate

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An Illinois 10 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate form is used for an eviction in Chicago for a curable lease violation. In Chicago, landlords are legally required to give tenants the opportunity to cure lease violations. Examples of lease violations are refusing to allow the landlord access to the rental unit or failing to maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary manner. The tenant has the option to fix the lease violation, otherwise the tenant must move out and deliver possession of the premises within ten (10) calendar days.

In locations outside of Chicago, the landlord is not legally required to allow the tenant an opportunity to fix lease violations. Landlords with rental properties outside of Chicago can serve a 10 Day Notice to Vacate for lease violations and move forward with an eviction if the tenant fails to vacate the premises.

Illinois 14 Day Notice to Comply

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An Illinois 14 Day Notice to Comply form is used in Chicago for an eviction for a curable lease violation, such as cleaning and repairing damage in the rental unit. The tenant has the option to clean, replace items or make repairs within the timeframe specified, otherwise the landlord may enter the rental unit and complete the necessary work. The tenants can remain on the premises, but if they fail to clean or make necessary repairs, they will be charged by the landlord for cleaning and/or repair costs.

In locations outside of Chicago, the landlord is not legally required to allow the tenant an option to correct lease violations.

Landlords with rental property outside of Chicago can serve a 10 Day Notice to Vacate for lease violations and begin the eviction process if the tenant fails to move out of the rental unit within ten (10) calendar days.

Illinois 5 Day Notice to Vacate

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An Illinois 5 day Notice to Vacate form is used for an eviction for an incurable breach in all locations. An incurable breach includes illegal conduct on the premises that results in a felony arrest. The tenant does not have the option to remain on the premises and must move out of the rental unit within five (5) calendar days.

Illinois 10 Day Notice to Vacate

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An Illinois 10 day Notice to Vacate form is used for an eviction for an incurable violation of the lease. In locations outside of Chicago, the landlord is not legally required to allow the tenant the opportunity to fix a breach of the lease, even if it’s the tenant’s first lease violation.

An incurable lease violation may include allowing unauthorized occupants to reside at the premises or failing to maintain the rental unit in a clean and sanitary manner. The tenant cannot remain on the premises and must move out within ten (10) calendar days.

Whereas, in Chicago, landlords are legally required to give the tenant an option to fix lease violations such as failing to maintain health and safety standards or damaging the rental unit.

Illinois 30 Day Notice to Vacate

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An Illinois 30 Day Notice to Vacate form is used by the landlord or the tenant to terminate a tenancy of less than one (1) year, other than a tenancy from week-to-week. In Chicago, this lease termination letter may be used to terminate a tenancy of up to six (6) months in length, other than week-to-week.

This lease termination letter may also be used for tenants with no 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 notice must be delivered by either party at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to the end date specified in the notice.

How to Write an Eviction Notice in Illinois

For an eviction notice to be legally compliant:

  1. List tenants’ full names;
  2. List full address;
  3. Include grounds for eviction;
  4. Calculate and include termination date;
  5. Include date notice served;
  6. The landlord’s signature and printed name; and
  7. The landlord’s address and telephone number.

Without this information on the notice, a judge may not be able to proceed with an eviction proceeding and the landlord’s case may be dismissed.

How to Calculate Expiration Date in Illinois

An eviction notice in Illinois takes effect the day after it is served. All of the days during the notice period are counted. If the last day falls on a weekend or legal holiday, then the notice period will not officially expire until the end of the next judicial day (not counting weekends or legal holidays).

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How to Serve an Eviction Notice in Illinois

A landlord can serve eviction 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 (over 13 years of age) 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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