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Abandonment (by George [IL]) Jan 20, 2015 8:56 AM
       Abandonment (by Moshe [CA]) Jan 20, 2015 9:04 AM
       Abandonment (by Vee [OH]) Jan 20, 2015 9:13 AM
       Abandonment (by Heather [IL]) Jan 20, 2015 9:38 AM
       Abandonment (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 21, 2015 12:05 AM
       Abandonment (by Bohemia [IL]) Jan 21, 2015 5:53 AM
       Abandonment (by Barb [MO]) Jan 21, 2015 7:21 AM
       Abandonment (by George [IL]) Jan 21, 2015 7:49 AM
       Abandonment (by Blue [IL]) Jan 21, 2015 9:03 AM

Abandonment (by George [IL]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2015 8:56 AM

State Specific Question About: ILLINOIS (IL)

My tenant is a month behind on rent, and I warned him that I would begin eviction proceedings if he did not pay up by a certain deadline. Well, the deadline is now past and he has been avoiding me even though we stay under the same roof (he rents a room in the house), probably by staying at a friend's place and coming back only when I'm out at work.

I can't physically serve him a 5-day notice. I could send one via registered mail, but it still requires that he receives it. Since I don't see him at all, I was wondering if IL has a procedure to establish abandonment of the unit and allow me to repossess it or force him to show himself. --192.17.xxx.x

Abandonment (by Moshe [CA]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2015 9:04 AM

I don't know anything about IL, but it doesn't sound that the tenant has abandoned the property. You say that he is coming back when [I'm] out at work.

Check IL law about all the ways that a 5-day notice can be served (personal service substituted service, post & mail, publication, etc.) and see if you can't find a way to get him served. Maybe you will need to hire a professional process server to catch him when you are out at work and he is home, maybe even to stake him out.


Abandonment (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2015 9:13 AM

Roommates may not be covered under normal tenant laws, best to get local info on this from landlord group and or atty. --75.94.xxx.xxx

Abandonment (by Heather [IL]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2015 9:38 AM

In Illinois you have to legally evict your roomate, you can't posted, mail, or publication, get an attorney. --66.87.xx.xxx

Abandonment (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2015 12:05 AM


Promise you'll never let someone get that far behind again.

Roommates in your own home often fall under different laws.

-Brad --67.175.xx.xxx

Abandonment (by Bohemia [IL]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2015 5:53 AM

Do you not know where he is working? Serve him there. --75.129.xxx.xx

Abandonment (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2015 7:21 AM


Is this your owner occupied home and you are renting a room to a guy? If that is the case, did you sign a lease with him?

You may have different rights and responsibilities than those of us renting houses and apartments. In your case, I think I would consult a lawyer.

If it were me, I think I would also change the locks on the house, since there is no telling what he will steal and sell that is yours.

Does the guy work? Have him served at work. --67.43.xxx.xxx

Abandonment (by George [IL]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2015 7:49 AM

Thank you, everyone, for the advice. Yes, I legally own the house and we signed a lease contract that explicitly states he rented only the room. I managed to catch hold of him the other day to serve the notice.

Still, I will consult an attorney and see what can be done if he does not abide by the notice. --192.17.xxx.xxx

Abandonment (by Blue [IL]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2015 9:03 AM

If you served the 5 day (it sounds like you did), then your next step, on day 6, is to file in court.

Just do it. Get him out. --75.132.xxx.xx

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