Reforming Use and Occupancy in Chicago’s Eviction Courts. Overview of Eviction Court at the Daley Center. High volume Over 40 thousand cases filed Summary process Mostly nonpayment of rent. Landlords v. Tenants.
Source – No Time for Justice – Study by Lawyers Committee for Better Housing and Chicago-Kent
If tenant does not pay U and O, court enters a default judgment against tenant.
Protects small landlord from losing money judgment against tenant.
If landlord loses money this can hurt other tenants.
Prevents tenant from falling further into debt in case landlord wins.
May help gain more respect with eviction court judges.Why the court should award use and occupancy