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Certification the Latest Landlord Requirement for Pandemic Evictions

Landlords seeking to evict tenants must certify their complaint with court clerks when the moratorium on evictions ends on January 9, 2021. This according to the state Supreme Court, which is seeking to smooth the process at courts statewide when the ban is lifted. Landlords have been prevented from issuing eviction notices for residential properties since March, a ban imposed by Gov. JB Pritzker in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The high court in May laid out rules for eviction from dwellings covered by the CARES Act that prevent landlords from charging late fees on unpaid rents.

The latest round of changes will see judges tasked with reviewing evictions do so based on whether the applicant has filed the certification form along with the complaint. Should the form be found missing or incomplete, the eviction action will be dismissed and the landlord presented with the opportunity to re-file without having to pay additional fees. The Supreme Court also granted judges the right to review cases, regardless of whether a completed certification form is attached to the complaint. Forms can be found at this site. The court empanelled a special task force in June to deal with challenges presented by the pandemic, including the moratorium that has been extended ten times since it was enacted. 

The Chicagoland Law Firm represents landlords in DuPage County, Cook County and round the state. Our experienced Civil Litigation attorney can prepare the necessary forms and filings for eviction actions. We also structure rental agreements that clearly outline the rights and responsibilities of both parties and are enforceable in court. Contact our offices in Downers Grove and Chicago for a free consultation and to learn more about our services. We make the law work for you.

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