Relief for Landlords: Eviction Moratorium Lifted in IL

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Many landlords have been waiting a long time to receive word that they are allowed to proceed with evictions.  The residential eviction moratorium that was put in place to protect renters who were not able to pay their rent due to pandemic-related hardships had a profound effect on many landlords.  While easing the burden on their tenants, many of whom no longer felt the obligation to pay their rent, the moratorium caused many independent landlords to fall behind on their own mortgage payments – with no protection in place for them. Now that the moratorium has been lifted, as of October 4, 2021 landlords once again have the option to take legal action against those tenants who don’t pay.

Legal Process to Evict

Now that evictions are no longer legally blocked, it is important to remember that there is a specific legal process that needs to be followed to legally evict a tenant.   The proper notices must be given to the tenant and the correct documents must be filed with the court in order to secure an eviction order.  However, even if a landlord takes the necessary legal steps to evict a tenant, that tenant might not leave. A renter can contest an eviction based on a variety of reasons, including errors in the landlord’s notification process, lease violations, building conditions and more.  For this reason, it is recommended to begin the process by consulting an experienced attorney that specializes in landlord-tenant disputes.

Landlords Need an Experienced Attorney

Competent legal assistance is extremely important when it comes to evicting a residential tenant.  While it may be tempting to simply change the locks and force a delinquent tenant from the property, it is illegal to do so.  Following the specifics of the law, right from the beginning of the process, can ensure a quick process and a favorable result.  Even if you think your case is straightforward, complications can arise at any time.  If a tenant does not want to leave, they can make it very difficult for you to have them removed. They can easily extend the process by challenging your actions and finding mistakes (however minor they may be) which could force you to start the process all over.  And of course, the more time your case is delayed in the court system, the more money you lose in unpaid rent.

At Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton, Ltd, our experienced attorneys understand the legal challenges landlords face, and we can help you to legally regain control of your property as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Contact our Grayslake office at 847-223-1500 to learn how we can help you through even the most complex cases.