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Marciostefa, Renter in Chicago, IL
Marciostefa asked:
Rent of a 1BR/1BA Besides the announced rent price, what are (if any) the extra rates (garbage, heating,...)?
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Casyeleeh1, Home Buyer in Chicago, IL
Casyeleeh1 answered:
What questions do you as the landlord ask of references of your future tenant?
my landlord said he was calling his friends where I work at and they wanted me out and i agreed to leave i asked for one more week when i have a day off as i work 7am to 11 pm almost ev ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 29, 2016 Rental Basics in Chicago
Seth Marvel, Renter in Chicago, IL
Seth Marvel asked:
How can I edit or delete my ad when my account does not contain a "My Listings" option in the drop-down menu beneath my profile picture? I have posted an ad through trulia.com/post-rental. Clicking on my profile picture in the navigation bar yields a drop-down menu with several options (Profile, My Boards, Rental Resume,…
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 27, 2016 Rental Basics in Chicago
John Meyers, Real Estate Pro in Park Ridge, IL
John Meyers answered:
Is a condo allowed to charge more money for an owner vs a renter to use the valet garage parking?
Hello Diane,

It is very unusual for a building to charge different valet prices depending on if the driver is an owner vs. renter.

However, every building is different. -- The thi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 9, 2016 Rental Basics in 60611
Oscar.and.in…, Home Buyer in Chicago, IL
Oscar.and.info answered:
I'll be 19 moving to Chicago in June. I plan on renting an apartment, but I just got my own credit card in December
As a landlord, I base the decision on your income and job situation. Mostly your rent should be in the range of 30 to 35% of your income. If not then you would need to get a roommate. S ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 6, 2016 Rental Basics in Chicago
You Tube, Home Buyer in Riverdale, IL
You Tube asked:
GO TO RIVERDALE,ILL AREA CALLED PACESETTER LOTS OF EMPTY BOARDERD HOUSE WITH SQUATTERS,DRUG DEALERS.RATS,LOOSE DOGS GO CHECK OUT.WILL NOTIFY TV STATION
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 28, 2016 Rental Basics in 60827
Chad Miller, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL
Chad Miller answered:
Rental listing by owner--any brokerage fees
The short answer is no, you don't owe that broker a commission.

If you are unwilling to pay a commission, you should make that clear if you want to avoid any disputes. It is the b ... more
1 vote Share Flag Fri Sep 18, 2015 Rental Basics in Chicago
Bob Brandt, Real Estate Pro in Schaumburg, IL
Bob Brandt answered:
How do I access a credit application for a lease listed?
You should ask the Realtor handling it because there are a lot of different forms and you do not want to do it twice. Call them on the phone and discuss it... They could email it to you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Aug 22, 2015 Rental Basics in Lincoln Park
MegSM, Home Owner in Seattle, WA
MegSM answered:
I am the owner of a house which I plan to rent myself. How do I go about getting a credit report and background check on a prospective renter?
I recommend MyScreeningReport.com - it is a great screening resource for independent rental owners. As a landlord, it doesn't cost you anything to use. Take a couple of minutes to creat ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 27, 2015 Rental Basics in Lincolnwood
rochelle san…, Renter in 60402
rochelle sanders asked:
Why can I not find any landlords in Berwyn that will accept section 8 vouchers? Is this illegal? I have good credit, good recommendations, I work part time, and I have no problem paying my security deposit. However whenever I ask a landlord if they will accept my section 8 voucher none…
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 23, 2015 Rental Basics in Berwyn
Laura Beson, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL
Laura Beson answered:
If there is a sump pump in a basement is that a sign that there is flooding?
A sump pump helps to prevent flooding, so I would take this as a good thing!
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 22, 2015 Rental Basics in 60618
Noah Seidenb…, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
Noah Seidenberg answered:
New landlord changes move-in date after lease is signed. What is owed the renters?
I agree with Alicia OToole and want to add that you have rights as a tenant. A lease is a legal document. If the new landlord wants to ask you if this is acceptable then he or she can b ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 16, 2015 Rental Basics in 60647
Noah Seidenb…, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
Noah Seidenberg answered:
What is considered a "multi-family home" in Chicago? Is the living space completely private and separate, or are there shared spaces.?
A property with separate front doors, separate kitchens but can have a common wall. The only shared spaces would be a common area such as where mail boxes or a vestibule are located.
I ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 16, 2015 Rental Basics in Chicago
Mike Opyd, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL
Mike Opyd answered:
there are 3 potential tenants moving into my 3bd 3 bath duplex, however they asked if they can add on another tenant 6 months into the lease.
Yes absolutely. Draw up a lease specifically for the new tenant and treat them like they are a separate tenant. Make sure you screen them as well.
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 21, 2015 Rental Basics in Chicago
Noah Seidenb…, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
Noah Seidenberg answered:
Is a 1st fl(above ground) apartment legal if it has only 1 exit, but large windows throughout with sill low enough to get out if needed in Chgo?
You should check with the zoning department of Chicago. It could be a legal apartment
1 vote Share Flag Mon May 11, 2015 Rental Basics in Chicago
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