Updated Nov. 17, 2020
Chicago residential tenants who have lost income as a direct or indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic should notify their landlords in writing within five days of receiving an eviction notice in order to further protect themselves from eviction.
This written notification can take place through letter, email or text message. A text message to the landlord as simple as “I have been unable to pay rent because I have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic” will suffice. A more formal template is available below.