Illinois 5 Day Notice to Quit | NonPayment of Rent

The Illinois five (5) day notice to quit, per 735 ILCS 5, is used when a tenant has failed to pay the rent. The notice states that the tenant has five (5) days* to either pay the rent or vacate the rental unit. If the tenant fails to do either, the landlord can begin the eviction lawsuit process in court. The notice should be served to the tenant personally, however if that is not an option the notice can be sent via certified mail or left at the rental unit with a resident who is at least 13 years old.

*The day that the notice is served on does not count as one of the five days.

How to Write

Step 1Download the form. At the top of the form enter the county name where the rental property is located. In the “To:” section enter the full name(s) of the tenant(s).

Step 2 – Enter the amount of rent/fees owed, the city/county where the apartment is located, and then the full address of the rental unit.

Step 3 – Date the form and then sign your name.

Step 4 – The “Affidavit of Service” section at the bottom of the notice should be filled out after the notice has been served to the tenant. Enter your name, date of service, and delivery method. Put your signature at the bottom of the form.

Note: Under Illinois law, the notice must be notarized (this service is available at many banks and financial centers).