State of Illinois Eviction Moratorium Extended Until December 12

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Governor Pritzker extended the State of Illinois eviction moratorium until December 12, 2020. There are some changes to moratorium, however.

This is a summary and FAQ of the moratorium.

Additional FAQ’s can also be found on the RPC website in English and Spanish versions.

This is a link to the tenant declaration form that must be provided.

Some key parts of the FAQ you should know:

Q: What does Executive Order 2020-72 do?

A: Executive Order 2020-72 continues to protect many individuals from eviction. If an individual meets the definition of a “covered person,” their landlord may not initiate an eviction proceeding against them unless certain health and safety exceptions apply. However, this Executive Order does allow for limited evictions to proceed, under certain conditions. In addition to prohibiting the filing of an eviction action against certain individuals, the Executive Order also prohibits enforcement of eviction orders by law enforcement officers against those individuals unless they pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants or an immediate and severe risk to property.

Q: As a landlord, what steps must I take before beginning an eviction action?

A: A landlord, owner of a residential property, or anyone with the legal right to pursue an eviction action, must provide each tenant, lessee, sub-lessee, and other residents of the property who are signatories to the lease with a declaration form prior to commencing an eviction action. The declaration form must be provided before the landlord can issue a notice of termination of tenancy (i.e., the five-day notice).

Q: How long are tenants protected under this Executive Order?

A: Executive Order 2020-72 is set to expire on December 12, 2020. However, this Executive Order may be extended or amended at any time prior to the date of expiration. For up-to-date information on the status of Governor Pritzker’s Executive Orders, please visit the State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response webpage.

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