On August 20, 2021, Governor J.B. Pritzker extended portions of an statewide moratorium on residential evictions until September 18, 2021. While the moratorium previously prohibited Landlords from commencing eviction lawsuits except in limited circumstances, it has since been adjusted to allow most cases to be filed. Until the moratorium is fully rescinded there are still some special rules Landlords need to follow when filing a new case. In addition, it should be noted that the moratorium still prohibits enforcement of lawfully obtained eviction orders in most contexts.
What paperwork do I need to proceed with an eviction in Cook County as of August 23, 2021?
This list is not exhaustive and may not apply to every situation. A written guide like this can never substitute for the advice of a lawyer. Eviction law is in a constant state of change and issues are never as clear cut as they seem. Use this guide as a starting point. Landlords with legal questions can consult with an attorney for free through Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD). CCLAHD can be reached by calling 855-956-5763 or applying online at https://www.cookcountylegalaid.org/
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- Most rental assistance programs are closed for the summer. The only program still available is a tenant-led application through the Illinois Department of Human Services. Landlords who are interested in having their tenants apply for this program can find additional information about the requirements and the application process by visiting ChiCookILRentHelp.org.
- The American Bar Foundation (ABF) is conducting interviews with small Landlords about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their ability to provide naturally affordable housing in Cook County. Interviews will cover how Landlords are responding to the unique challenges that the last year or so has presented, including lost rental income and the various legal restrictions on filing eviction cases. The ABF researcher conducting these interviews does not work for CVLS, is not an attorney, and will not be able to give you legal advice. However, this interview may be an opportunity for Landlords to discuss the issues and frustrations that the legal system isn’t able to address. Interviews are conducted by phone/Zoom, and participants will be compensated for their time. You can find additional information about this study (including how to sign up) on the American Bar Foundation’s website.
- Landlords who are having trouble navigating the court system during the pandemic can call the JusticeCorps Information Helpline to get free help with Electronic Filing (E-Filing) and Remote / Zoom Court Procedures by calling (872) 529-1093. The Illinois Supreme Court has its own resources for Electronic Filing (E-Filing) and Remote / Zoom Court Procedures, which are available at ILCourtHelp.gov or by calling/texting (833) 411-1121.
- Cook County Landlords who successfully obtain eviction orders (sometimes called an “order of possession”) will likely need to wait for the statewide eviction Moratorium to be lifted before those orders can be enforced. When the Moratorium ends, Landlords may also need to complete a new “Verification of Non-Rental Assistance” and submit it to the Cook County Sheriff’s office before the Sheriff will schedule an eviction. Additional information on this Verification form is available here or through the Sheriff’s website.