I own a condo apartment in Schaumburg Illinois. The tenant has lost her job because of COVID-2019 and is unable to pay the rent. I however have to pay the monthly installments as mortgage for this house.

What are the options for me? Can i terminate the lease which currently ends on October 2020? Is there a law where i can evict the tenant?

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    Is your tenant eligible for any kind of unemployment benefit? If so, why are they unable to pay the rent? And if not, why would you kick them out of their home, when they already can't buy food and other essentials? Apr 2, 2020 at 5:29
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    @DawoodibnKareem - I have to pay my mortgage too. Bank doesnt forgive my monthly isntallment so sorry i am not doing charities
    – user979189
    Apr 2, 2020 at 12:44
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    Sure, but what happens if you DO evict your tenant? That's not going to make it easier to pay your mortgage. Apr 2, 2020 at 17:37
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    That is out of scope for this question
    – user979189
    Apr 2, 2020 at 18:41
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    The tenant has a history of not paying a single rent without multiple followups including not paying late fees for last few months. I dont want covid to be an excuse for not paying the rents anymore. Thats why i kept only eviction as the scope of this question, I have discussion going on with my attorney regarding this too.
    – user979189
    Apr 3, 2020 at 13:33

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Any eviction order (for non-payment) will not be enforced by the sheriff (as ordered by the court), and that is how evictions would happen. This is also required under the governor's order of March 20. Foreclosure entails eviction – though the order prohibits the enforcement of an associated eviction order, and doesn't prohibit starting action against a property owner. Theoretically, you could file for eviction against your tenant and at some point the petition could be granted, and the sheriff would enforce it. Those are the current legal options. Current (optimistic) projections are that evictions could happen in the second half of May.

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    Are there any things in place to protect landlords in this time, or are they basically being told to eat the cost of a non-paying tenant?
    – user28517
    Apr 1, 2020 at 21:21
  • @Moo Well the governor's order specifically states that it does not relieve any party of their obligation to pay rent, mortgage, etc. It's just that the state will not enforce eviction orders. So the tenant still owes that rent as specified in their rental agreement, and could be pursued for it (though I do not know if such action has to be delayed until the end of the order or not, etc.). Makes one wonder how things are going to go down when the order ceases and lots of people have unpaid rent and still no job. There are probably tax deductions, too. Apr 1, 2020 at 22:17
  • @user6726 - Are people who lost their job because of covid going to get any unemployment benefits to pay their rent?
    – user979189
    Apr 2, 2020 at 12:41
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    Unemployment benefits certainly have not been suspended because of the virus, though it may be hard to actually collect, given the demand on the system.
    – user6726
    Apr 2, 2020 at 14:36
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    @user979189 unemployment benefits are typically available to anyone who loses a job involuntarily.
    – phoog
    Apr 3, 2020 at 6:33

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