One area of law that we specialize in at Appelman Law is landlord and tenant disputes. If either party has violated their terms of the lease, we can assist you. In today’s blog, we’re going to examine things from the eyes of the landlord. Today, we take a look at four different ways a tenant can violate the terms of their lease in Illinois, and how you may be entitled to damages or to evict the tenant for their breach of contract.
Lease Violations in Illinois
Although there may be different stipulations based on the exact terms of your lease contract, here’s a look at four common ways a tenant can violate their contract in Illinois:
1. Fails To Pay – This is the most obvious breach of a lease contract. In its most basic form, the lease is an agreement to pay rent in order to stay in an apartment, condo, flat, etc. If the tenant fails to pay for their space, they are in violation of the lease.
2. Failure To Vacate – If, after the duration of their lease, the tenant fails to vacate the property at the stipulated date, they are in breach of contract. A landlord can’t just throw the tenant’s property on the street and change the locks the moment the lease ends, so if you have a tenant that has stayed past their lease period and won’t vacate, we can help with your breach of contract case.
3. Excessive Damage – Damage to rental units is going to happen, but if the tenant causes excessive damage or fails to pay for the damage they’ve caused, they can be found in violation of the lease agreement.
4. Violation of the Lease Agreement – It may sound obvious that “violating the lease agreement” is one way to violate the lease, but many agreements have certain stipulations that are unit specific. For example, some units require the tenant to mow the lawn each week, or they don’t allow pets. If your tenant knowingly violates stipulations in the lease, you may have a case. We recommend trying to resolve the dispute with the tenant before escalating the problem, because oftentimes it may have occurred due to a lack of communication or a failure to fully read the lease guidelines.
So if you have a tenant who has broken their lease or won’t vacate the premise, contact us today. We can help you get the justice you and the rest of your tenants deserve.