For thousands of Illinois renters who are out of work during the pandemic, the threat of eviction is getting closer to reality.
The state-issued moratorium on evictions is slated to end next week, but the ban hasn’t put a stop to all evictions.
Landlords have been able to get around the moratorium through just cause evictions, said Carol Oshana, a real estate lawyer who works with landlords. Those apply to cases in which there is violence or a tenant is threatening the safety of a building.
Even if the eviction ban is lifted, there’s going to be a massive backlog of eviction cases that the courts might not be able to get to, said Berton Ring, a real estate lawyer who works with tenants.
“It’s going to take at least January or February — and I don’t think the tenants will be waiting around opening doors for the sheriffs,” said Ring.
Oshana, meanwhile, is skeptical the moratorium will be lifted next week. She thinks it will be extended through the end of the year to match the ban from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.