Thursday, September 17, 2015

How Soon Can I Get Evicted in Chicago?

Pretty fast.  The eviction timeline is considered "expedited" in Chicago.  

When a landlord files for eviction, the court automatically schedules a trial date for two weeks later.  

If the Sheriff serves the tenant with the summons and complaint, the trial will usually be held on the first court date.  

If the landlord wins the trial (and they generally do), an Eviction Order will generally be entered that states the tenant must vacate the apartment within 1 to 2 weeks.   

If the tenant fails to vacate, the landlord can take the order to the Cook County Sheriff.  

The Sheriff will then send deputies out to the property to remove the tenants from the apartment and supervise the changing of the locks.  It's too late to move then.  

Don't let this happen to you.  Work with an experienced lawyer to help you get reasonable time to save money and move, negotiate the back rent, and make sure your rights and defenses are respected.  You may even get moving money depending upon who is evicting you.  Your legal dollars are limited:  make them count!     

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