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Kathleen Mch…, Other/Just Looking in Chicago, IL

How can I rent my second floor attic apt I have had some not so nice renter's in the past?

Asked by Kathleen Mchugh, Chicago, IL Sun Oct 14, 2012

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Christopher Pagli’s answer
I would recommend screening the prospective tenants a bit more before committing. You should have a standard application that you give everybody. It should include social security number, references from past landlord and employer (no friend or family references), and meet them in person for an interview. Unfortunately people can change and may put on a show to get the apt but do as much research on them as you can.

Chris
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 13, 2013
You can advertise it yourself and rent it out or hire an agent to help you out. Make sure you do your due diligence on the potential renters before hand.
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I'm looking for something, just wondering where it is located?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 12, 2013
Verify Employment
Obtain Credit Report
Conduct Background Check
Ask for 1.5-2 month's Security Deposit
Work with a Realtor.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 19, 2012
One option to consider is placing a wicker rocking chair in the front window with a mannequin it it. Just have one dim light on by the chair and take the prospective tenant up there. If they aren't scared, you might want to move on to the next prospective tenant.

Here's the solution to not getting bad renters...do a better job in placing your ads, cleaning your apartment, and asking the right questions of prospective tenants. Every time I have an apartment for rent in my building I can't believe how many amazing prospects I meet. Chicago is full of wonderful people who make great tenants. But avoid these key landlord mistakes:

Don't try to get the most rent possible in your area.
Make sure you get rid of nasty carpet, curtains, and really, just anything one who isn't nasty might consider nasty. You might have to ask a non-nasty person's assistance here.
Write ads in such a way as to discourage those most likely to be 'bad' tenants.
Live on-site
Don't have an apartment that has no locational value
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with some magic beans and a GOP vote
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Be a little more picky with the applications you get. Get a credit report. Check references.
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Just put it on the market. You can rent it out on your own by advertising it online or you can hire a professional.
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