Illinois Eviction Moratorium and Exceptions

Governor Pritzker has extended the temporary halt on evictions due to continued concerns about Coronavirus. This moratorium prevents Landlords from pursuing evictions against “covered persons.” Covered persons (as defined by the Centers for Disease Control) are tenants who meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Is an individual who (i) expects to earn no more than $99,000 in annual income for Calendar Year 2020 (or no more than $198,000 if filing a joint tax return), (ii) as not required to report any income in 2019 to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, (iii) received an Economic Impact Payment pursuant to Section 2001 of the CARES Act;
  2. the individual is unable to make a full rent or housing payment due to a COVID-19 related hardship;
  3. the individual is using best efforts to make timely partial payments that are as close to the full payment;
  4. eviction would likely render the individual homeless.

Exceptions to Governor Pritzker’s Eviction Moratorium (effective through February 6, 2021):

Governor Pritzker’s Order while extending the moratorium, allowed for some exceptions. A tenant may still be evicted under the order if they meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Tenant poses a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants;
  2. Tenant poses an immediate and severe risk to property; or
  3. Tenant is not a “covered person” under the CDC Moratorium.


What this means for landlords?

You may be able to initiate an eviction suit today if the tenant is under one of the above exceptions. Substantial proof is required, however, an eviction may proceed under these circumstances and will follow the Illinois Forcible Entry and Detainer Act.

We understand this is a difficult time for everyone including landlords and property owners. Our Attorneys are here to make this process easier for you. Our experienced Attorneys will handle the eviction case from start to finish allowing you to focus on other areas of your business. We know your assets are important to you and taking time away to appear in court can be very costly to your business.

We pride ourselves in making the eviction process as smooth as possible for you. In most cases, your appearance is not required. There are many pitfalls that may derail a landlord in an eviction case. Let our Attorneys handle every step for you.

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