How can I evict a tenant with no lease if I already gave a 5 day notice?

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How can I evict a tenant with no lease if I already gave a 5 day notice?

The tenant is 6 months behind in rent. I need to get him out. Do I have to have a lawyer? Money is tight and would like to do this as cheap as possible. He said he is not leaving unless he is thrown out.

Asked on July 11, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The only way to evict a tenant is through the courts--by bringing a lawsuit. There is no other legal way to evict. If the property is owned by a corporation or limited liability company (LLC)--even if you are the sole owner of the company--you must have an attorney represent you, since only lawyers can represent corporations and LLCs. If you own the property personally, you could represent yourself in court on a pro se basis.


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