Forcible entry and detainer

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(Law) the entering upon and taking and withholding of land and tenements by actual force and violence, and with a strong hand, to the hindrance of the person having the right to enter.

See also: Forcible

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Stating that the forcible entry and detainer statute is in derogation of common law and must, therefore, be strictly construed, the court said that the exclusive list of delivery methods set forth in section 9-211 must be strictly enforced.
The court began by observing that no Illinois court has ever applied the FDCPA to a forcible entry and detainer action.
If the delinquency continues for 60 days, the association should pursue a forcible entry and detainer (eviction) action against the owner.