Saturday, February 27, 2016
Winter Evictions in Chicago
The Cook County eviction courts are busy places and people fall behind on their rent all year round. Chicago has a long, cold winter and tenants sometimes think that the Cook County Sheriff will not evict them during the winter. This is actually an urban legend.
Here is when the Cook County Sheriff will not evict: (1) during the Christmas moratorium imposed by the Court every year from around December 18 to January 3; (2) when it is 15 degrees or colder on the day of your eviction; and (3) whenever extreme weather conditions endanger the health and welfare of those to be evicted. Source - Cook County Amended General Order 2013-07.
Over the last two winters we had a lot of days below 15 degrees and a huge Chicago eviction backlog piled up. I saw evictions take as long as 8 weeks to complete.
According to the news, winter 2015-16 will have a strong El Nino in the Pacific Ocean. That means we may be in for a very mild winter. Don't expect a lot of 15 degree or colder days in Chicago.