Illinois Lease Termination Notice Forms

Last Updated: December 28, 2023 by Roberto Valenzuela

An Illinois lease termination notice is a document which officially announces the upcoming end of a rental tenancy. Either a landlord or tenant may give notice, in most cases at least 30 days in advance.

Types of Illinois Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Lease Length
7 Day Notice To Vacate Weekly
30 Day Notice To Vacate Monthly / Less than 1 Year
60 Day Notice To Vacate Yearly
120 Day Notice To Vacate Lease Over 3 Years

Illinois 7 Day Notice To Vacate

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An Illinois 7 Day Notice To Vacate terminates a week-to-week lease, or a situation with no written lease where the tenant pays rent weekly. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least seven (7) calendar days before the date of termination.

Illinois 30 Day Notice To Vacate

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An Illinois 30 Day Notice To Vacate terminates a month-to-month lease or a tenancy of less than one (1) year, other than week-to-week tenancies, as well as an expired lease or a situation with no written lease where the tenant pays rent monthly. In Chicago, this notice may terminate a tenancy of up to six (6) months in length, other than week-to-week tenancies. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least thirty (30) calendar days before the date of termination.

Illinois 60 Day Notice To Vacate

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An Illinois 60 Day Notice To Vacate terminates a year-to-year tenancy. In Chicago, this notice may also be used to terminate a tenancy of six (6) months to three (3) years in length or as a notice of non-renewal for a lease. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least sixty (60) calendar days before the date of termination.

Illinois 120 Day Notice To Vacate

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An Illinois 120 Day Notice To Vacate is most commonly used in Chicago as a notice of non-renewal for a lease, or to terminate a tenancy of over three (3) years. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least one hundred and twenty (120) calendar days before the date of termination.

How To Write a Lease Termination Notice in Illinois

To ensure the legal compliance of a lease termination notice:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving party, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  4. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  5. Print name and sign the notice
  6. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Calculate Expiration Date in Illinois

The “clock” for a lease termination notice starts “ticking” the day after the notice gets delivered (served). For example, to give at least 30 days of notice and terminate a tenancy as of June 30th, delivery of the termination letter must be no later than May 31st. 

In most jurisdictions, if the last day of a notice period is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the period continues to run until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

How To Serve a Lease Termination Notice in Illinois

Illinois landlords and tenants may deliver a lease termination notice using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the other party
  2. Hand delivery to a person of suitable age on the premises who can accept the notice on behalf of the other party
  3. Delivery by registered or certified mail

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