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Restrictions on Commercial Evictions

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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Executive Order 2020-30 issued on April 23, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic offers relief to commercial tenants throughout the state by placing restrictions on evictions of commercial tenants.

Following in the footsteps of New York and California, Gov. Pritzker banned state agencies from enforcing evictions of all non-residential premises unless “the tenant has been found to pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants, an immediate and severe risk to property, or a violation of any applicable building code, health ordinance, or similar regulation.” These restrictions will remain in effect went into effect for the remainder of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation, which currently ends on May 31, 2020.

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It’s important to note that this executive order does not relieve any commercial tenant of their obligations to make any rent payments or perform any other obligations under their lease. It also does not preclude a landlord from seeking an eviction order against a tenant, but rather bans the enforcement of such action.

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