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Joe, Home Buyer in Humboldt Park, Chicago...

I have a two unit with a garden apt in Chicago, it has only one entrance, can i rent it out?

Asked by Joe, Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL Mon Oct 14, 2013

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There are thousands of similar units all over the city and people do rent them out, but they probably are not legal. If the city finds out you will need to deconvert it, but that does not stop people from renting them
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 14, 2013
you can only collect rent from legal apts that have that status from the city
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 17, 2013
If you'd like to consult a contractor who can give you quotes and suggestions to make your unit "legal" i suggest you contact Dan Huschen at 773 593 6088.

Jeff Nobleza
Baird & Warner
773 677 5340
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 17, 2013
Legally you cant if its not a legal unit.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 15, 2013
check with zoning department
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 15, 2013
You can rent it , but maybe in violation of zoning , because is not a legal 3 flat .
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 14, 2013
It is not fire code legal.Non-conforming basement units are not technically legal, but rented out anyway especially in Chicago. They are also usually well below market rates of a legal or above grade unit allowing the renter to save a lot on rent and the landlord to utilize the space for a little extra income. It becomes a mutual agreement to bend the law with the landlord taking the biggest legal risk and the tenant taking a safety risk.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 14, 2013
Is your building recognized by the city as a 2 unit or 3 unit?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 14, 2013
Joe,

Of course you can rent it out. It is not uncommon for an apartment to have only one entrance.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 14, 2013
You sure can, I'd be more then happy to assist.

Please call me at 312 493 8446

Thanks
garrett
chicago rent finders
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 14, 2013
Talk to a contractor about putting in a second exit, a call to a city inspector may give you some legal options maybe a window could be made workable as a legal escape.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 14, 2013
Joe,

It doesn't sound like that unit is up to code. Is the building zoned as a three unit? It is possible to submit plans, get permits and bring the unit up to code. Many people will duplex the first floor into the lower level to get more living space or revenue.

Best regards,

Ivan Sagel
312.515.7823
ivan@atproperties.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 14, 2013
And if there's a fire, how does the tenant get out? Can they get out through the windows? any bars on them?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 14, 2013
If its not recognized by the city as a legal unit then you cannot legally rent it out. If it is recognized by the city then you can if its under 800 square feet, otherwise you need two means of egress.
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