Know Your Rights: Eviction and Lockout Resources

Updated Oct. 1, 2021

The eviction moratorium ends on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, but Chicago tenants still have options. If you are worried about remaining in your home because you have been unable to pay rent: 

  1. Don't Self-Evict - If you get an eviction notice, know that only the Sheriff can carry out an eviction.
    It is illegal for your landlord to try to remove you from your home. 
  2. Get Legal Help - Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt is a free resource to help landlords and tenants resolve housing and debt issues. Visit cookcountylegalaid.org or call 855.956.5763. Legal support for tenants is also available at rentervention.com or text "hi" to 866.773.6837
  3. Get Financial Help – Go to chicago.gov/renthelp for information on how to apply for up to 15 months of rental assistance. 

DOH is continuing to process and approve rental assistance applications submitted earlier this year, and is prioritizing
the most vulnerable applicants to ERAP, based on income. You can check the status of your online application by clicking here.

La moratoria de desalojos termina el 3 de octubre, 2021, pero losinquilinos en Chicago todavía tienen opciones. Si Ud. se preocupa 
por inestabilidad en su hogar porque no ha podido pagar la renta: 

  1. Si ha recibido una notificacion de desalojo del propietario de su departamento, no tiene que mudarse de inmediato. Sólo la Oficina 
    del Sheriff del Condado de Cook puede finalizar un desalojo, y es ilegal si el propietario intenta desalojarlo de su hogar. 
  2. Hay asistencia legal gratuita. Visite cookcountylegalaid.org, o llame 855.956.5763. Asistencia para inquilinos también está disponible al rentervention.com, o envíe un mensaje de text "hi" a 866-773-6837.
  3. Hay asistencia financiera. Visite chicago.gov/renthelp para aplicar para hasta 15 meses de asistencia. 

DOH está procesando y aprobando aplicaciones para asistencia financiera y da preferencia a los aplicantes más vulnerables, considerando sus ingresos. Para ver su estus de su aplicacio, haga clic aqui.

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Status of Eviction Moratorium 

The moratorium on COVID-19 related evictions in the State of Illinois ends Oct. 3, 2021.  The COVID-19 eviction moratorium did not prohibit landlords from initiating eviction procedures against tenants if they pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants or an immediate and severe risk to the property. Visit the State of Illinois' Eviction Protection FAQ page for further information. 

The moratorium did not relieve any obligation to pay rent, and tenants can be evicted for rent not paid during the moratorium. 

Legal Help Resources

Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD)

Call the CCLAHD hotline at 855.956.5763 to learn how you can get help resolving your housing and debt problems. All services are available at no cost to Cook County residents and property owners regardless of income, language, or immigration status. The hotline is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Chicago tenants who needs help with a housing issue like lockouts or evictions can contact Rentervention, a program of the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing.
Rentervention is free and confidential. To get started, tenants can call 312.347.7600, visit rentervention.com or text “hi” to 866.7RENTER (866.773.6837) to start a conversation with Renny, Rentervention’s bot.

COVID-19 Eviction Protection Ordinance

Additional eviction protections are available under a Chicago ordinance by giving your landlord notice that you have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and download a sample declaration on the Department of Housing's website.

Center for Conflict Resolution

Court-based mediation takes place in virtual eviction courtrooms. A court case is not required to access mediation. Clients can also self-refer outside of the court process. Contact CCR’s case management team at 312.922.6464, ext. 22 or newcase@ccrchicago.org if you would like to open a mediation case.

Renters Rights

To learn more about your rights, you can call the Department of Housing Rents Rights Information Line at 312.742.RENT (312.742.7368).

Lockouts

If you are being locked out of your apartment, or your landlord is making your apartment impossible to stay in, that is an illegal lockout. Learn what your rights are and what you can do with information from the Department of Housing and the Chicago Police Department.

Get Financial Help

Go to chicago.gov/renthelp for information on how to apply for up to 15 months of rental assistance. 

Mental Health Services

Housing Instability can be profoundly distressing. If you need help dealing with anxiety or depression, please visit chicagoconnects.org, where you can talk to someone and find other resources.

More information is available by visiting the Chicago Department of Public Health's website.

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