We’ve all heard those horror stories involving a tenant who lingers in a property for months, digging in their heels and slowing the eviction process as much as humanly possible. My own personal nightmare began with a seemingly very nice family who every month experienced some kind of financial crisis. At first, I was understanding. I said, “Sure, no problem. Just get the rent to me by Friday.” Then it got to the point where they asked for even more time. Finally, they just stopped paying altogether and I awoke to the realities of what it takes to evict a tenant.
The laws strongly protect tenants in Chicago, making evictions inordinately complicated and frustrating for landlords—even when they have just cause for pursuing eviction because the tenant hasn’t paid the rent. A successful eviction from an income property in Chicago relies on fully complying with every single letter of the law. Abiding by the strict timelines is especially critical–the longer the process takes because of your missteps, the longer you go without rental income.
If you’re renting out investment properties, it’s important to understand the eviction process and what it entails. You’ll be more confident and better prepared to take action if and when the opportunity arises. So, let’s examine how to evict someone who doesn’t pay rent, including what you need to consider, the timelines and notifications, costs, court procedures, and other elements of the process.