Can we evict?
I get the phonecalls from landlords every day. “I hear we can evict tenants again – is that true?” Hmm… that’s a simple question that requires a nuanced answer. It is true that on October 4, 2021, the eviction moratorium was lifted, but what replaced it is a system that pre-covid landlords (and their attorneys) might not recognize. A system that was flawed could arguably be said to be purposefully broken. We couldn’t evict (except in rare circumstances) before the moratorium ended. Now, with the moratorium lifted, we face a system that seems almost designed to slow the process and is already in need of significant reform. Here’s a “state of the union” for evictions in Cook County’s 1st district: