How not to evict tenants in Chicago

badappleNews agencies across the City of Chicago are reporting that Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is calling for a local property management company to stop serving illegal eviction notices.  (This story has a copy of the purported notice which is obviously not a notice from the Sheriff)  A number of Chicago aldermen and the Chicago Anti-Eviction campaign are also protesting the company along with Sheriff Dart.  The reports indicate that Dart alleges that the property management company is serving notices informing tenants that foreclosure proceedings are underway, that the tenants must vacate immediately, and that the Sheriff will be out soon to evict the tenants.

My loyal readers are well aware that there is only one way to legally evict a tenant in Chicago – to have the Sheriff of Cook County enforce an order for possession obtained from a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.  That’s it.  Unfortunately, it is landlord practices like the ones in the Sheriff’s allegations that cause landlords to end up with lopsided laws that protect tenants like those embodied in the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance.  Worse yet, a new batch of aldermen are given one more reason to support the “Keep Chicago Renting” ordinance which will likely impose even more regulation on landlords.

Landlords and tenants alike should stand up against illegal eviction procedures.  A few bad apples spoil the bunch.


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6 Responses to How not to evict tenants in Chicago

  1. Bad Tenants/Landlords says:

    Once in a while, now more frequently, you get that nightmare tenant who files all sorts of B.S.—pardon my language, but it is B.S.—to delay an eviction. But landlords who do these illegal (B.S.) evictions are just as bad as those nasty tenants.

    Tom Dart was right to be upset. A single bad landlord can make legitimate, very hardworking landlords and professional property managers look bad.

    One message must be clear (to tenants and landlords): follow the law.

    • Richard Magnone says:

      Amen. Tenants who don’t pay rent and who are the subject of an eviction can always do one reasonable thing. Leave without doing damage. It is pretty simple actually.

  2. Betty V says:

    I have the order of poss.. My tenant must vacate the property by July 31…. he requested for more time after he agreed in court to vacate by July 31… How soon can sheriffs come and kick him out.

    he has not paid since Feb its now July …….

  3. Tina Phillips says:

    I have a tenent who was giving 21 days to move and the lady day was September 11 2014. Is is possible to find out how many weeks the sheriff office is behind?