The landlord in charge of a public housing building must also give a tenant written notice before evicting them. The notice must state in detail the reason for the eviction.
The notice must also state whether the tenant has the right to a grievance hearing to see what they can do to avoid eviction. If the tenant does not have the right to a grievance hearing, the notice must say why.
If the tenant requests an informal hearing, and they are not happy with the result, they can request a formal grievance hearing.
There are three types of notice:
- 14 Day Notice – Used when the tenant has not paid the rent
- 10 Day Notice – Used for other good cause like violent or drug related criminal activity or behavior that threatens others
- 30 Day Notice – Used for any other good cause
The notice period begins the day after the tenant or someone over the age of 13 living in the home receives the notice. If the last day of the notice period falls on a weekend or holiday, the notice ends on the next business day.
The landlord can give the notice to the tenant in one of three ways:
- Giving it to the tenant directly
- Giving it to someone who lives at the tenant's home that is 13 years old or older
- Mailing it to the tenant via certified mail
Unless the tenant pays the rent, fixes the lease violation, or requests a grievance hearing before the end of the notice period, the landlord can file a lawsuit to have the tenant removed from the unit. Outside of Chicago, the landlord can even file the lawsuit even if the tenant fixes the lease violation.
Updated: January 2017