I’m an Illinois tenant and I don’t want to move out of my home. How can I avoid eviction? What are my Illinois tenant eviction rights?

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If you are a tenant and have received a demand for rent, you can pay the rent, negotiate with your landlord, or do nothing. If you have received a notice to quit, your landlord does not have to give you the opportunity to correct the lease violation unless it specifies as much in the lease itself or in local laws. Regardless, your landlord must give you notice in the proper manner (if notice is required at all) before evicting you (see Available Illinois Termination Notices). When the eviction process has been started by your landlord, you will be served with a summons and complaint by a sheriff. It will include the reasons that you are being evicted as well as court information. You do not have to file an answer but may have to file an appearance (a document that tells the court and landlord that you are responding to the lawsuit). At this point, you may wish to seek the advice of an experienced Illinois evictions lawyer, either to give you sound advice or to help you defend against eviction.

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