Judgement against ex-tenant. Next step?

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Hi All, wanted to ask for some advice before I proceed with collecting. I obtained a judgement through small claims ($5k) against a couple who stopped paying rent and damaged my property. My question is what the simplest way (if there is any) to go after them. I know that they do not have much (they own a car for sure), but I do not want them to get away with this so easy. Does the judgement show up on their credit by default, or do I have to do anything else? Did anyone have some experience collecting? Is it worth going back to court and have them declare everything they own, their jobs, bank accounts, etc?

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!


Getting the judgement against the couple is the easy part.  Actually getting money from them can be expensive and tricky.  You can put a "rock" on their paycheck but they will probably just move onto a different job.  In the State of Illinois, if they own a business, you can do what they call a "til tap".  Basically, you have the Sheriff go into their business and open their cash register drawer and hand you the money!  I know there is paperwork involved in this process but not sure how to fill it out.  The judgement will appear on their credit report.  In Illinois you have to renew the judgement every 7 years or it goes away.  I have one against someone and plan on renewing it - you never know when they might sell a house, inherit some money, etc.  Good luck!


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