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What's the next step after I've served an eviction notice and the tenant refuses to vacate?

Belleville, IL |

I have sent a eviction notice to my tenant by mail delivery and hand deliver. Tenant still won't vacate premises,what do I do next legally?

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You have to file and serve a lwsuit on the tenant asking the court to order an eviction. Law enforcement will then enforce the order and forcibly evict tenant if necessary.

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Just to narrow things a bit, here in Illinois it's called a "forcible entry and detainer" lawsuit, and you have to file it where the property is -- Belleville is in the 20th Judicial District.

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