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Rental Basics in Chicago : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Oct 2, 2017
Trudyanneryan answered:
my daughter lives in a second story apartment, above the landlord (though it almost feel like an attic ) crooked kitchen floor...gas stove no fan, they have no lease and she was just booted out for january 1st due to her x bf wrecking the door (and because he is on welfare he doesn't have to pay even though he was charged to do so) There is only one mailbox, which she shares with the landlord and he only allows her to throw one bag of garbage out a week. there is no separate address for her's like she lives WITH him like a roomate or something. Is this legal? Canada ontario ... more
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Fri Aug 18, 2017
Philip Kravchenko answered:
i can provide such service.
i currently manage over 20 units in Logan square/ humbolt park area.
contact me at 337-422-1810 for more details
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Tue Jan 24, 2017
Andrew Carpenter answered:
Is this a home in Chicago? If it is a condo check with your association, they may not allow it.
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Thu Jan 19, 2017
Kelvin.cwing answered:
First off are you concerned as an owner or as a renter. Please be aware in Chicago, building regulations state that an apartment must have 2 exits. This is what stops many from renting out basement apartments. Furthermore, there are some loosely followed rules regarding size. If you really don't know, go on the city website and see how your property is zoned for. What residential status such as r-3. If not talk to your Aldermans office. they can give you over the phone, the legal requirements for a property. ... more
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Wed Jan 11, 2017
Christine.woods32 answered:
Ask landlord: Would he/she rent to this person again? If the answer is anything but a “yes,” you should think very careful do you want this tenants in your apartment. Even if all other answers were positive, you need to ask this question every landlord that is mentioned as a reference. ... more
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Thu Dec 15, 2016
Andrew Carpenter answered:
I'm sorry nobody answered your question earlier!
The best case scenario for you is to have a cosigner sign with you on the lease.
It is really just a case by case scenario.
If you still need help finding an apartment I would love to help you and I have plenty of experience with renters who have credit flaws and issues. ... more
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Thu Dec 15, 2016
Andrew Carpenter answered:
Unfortunately yes, the landlord can increase your rent unless both you, the tenant, and the landlord have signed the contract. Your landlord would have to rewrite the contract with the new amount or change the ammount and initial it and have you initial it also. You still have to give consent to this new ammount, the landlord can't just change it.
I'm sorry nobody answered this question earlier!
If you need any more advice please contact me directly!
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Thu Dec 15, 2016
Andrew Carpenter answered:
I would need to get to know you and your girlfriend a little better to help you find what best suits the two of you.
Just some starters to help you find what you need. Of course you need a budget but in Chicago it can be affected by things like gym memberships, other amenities and utilities. Some apartments and condos have heat and a/c included, some do not. The same goes for parking or if you take public transportation location can be very important. If either of you work out you might think about renting in a building that has a gym. There are also apartment complexes that have a pool, is this important to you? Do you like to go out to bars, clubs, music venues, restaurants? Is it important for you to be close to work? Is that possible with your possible 2 different work locations? Do either of you work from home? If so you might want a second bedroom for an office. Do you sleep well together? I know very functional couples that sleep in separate beds/bedrooms. Do you have visitors often? Do you cook often? If so is it important to you to have the modern quartz or granite counter tops? Do you have any pets? If so how many? Some dog breeds are restricted in most buildings and size and quantity of pets can be restricted as well. These are just some questions off the top of my head. It is very advantageous to have a Realtor in your corner to ensure that your year long lease is a pleasant one. Additionally I have been finding condos for clients at a similar price to what they were paying in rent and Illinois and Chicago have down payment assistance programs to give you money for your down payment and closing costs. I do both sales and rentals, either route works for me.
One last point is that some rentals are charging a move in fee, instead of a security deposit. It is a smaller amount than a traditional security deposit but you don't get it back. Some condo associations let owners rent out their condos with a move in and move out fee. The condo owner may even charge a security deposit as well!
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Fri Aug 12, 2016
Mary answered:
I did not elaborate. Using the search filter Allowed Pets and checking 'Small dogs' and 'Large dogs' should NOT display results which include cats only. This is an error on the agents creating the listing. ... more
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Wed Jul 6, 2016
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Mon Jul 4, 2016
Marciostefa asked:
Besides the announced rent price, what are (if any) the extra rates (garbage, heating,...)?
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Mon Jun 27, 2016
Seth Marvel asked:
I have posted an ad through Clicking on my profile picture in the navigation bar yields a drop-down menu with several options (Profile, My Boards, Rental Resume,…
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Wed Mar 9, 2016
John Meyers answered:
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 thing to do is ask the building management and view the building's bylaws.

John Meyers
(Meyers Realty,, c: 847-533-7115)
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Sun Mar 6, 2016 answered:
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. Some landlords do a credit check in addition to that but the main factor is ability to pay. ... more
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Fri Sep 18, 2015
Chad Miller answered:
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 broker's responsibility to find out, but in reality it would be an easy mistake to make. It's best to simply be forthcoming.

If you would be willing to pay the commission, that rate should be agreed to before any showings. If you are unwilling to pay the commission, you run the risk that the broker simply takes their client and moves on.

It's not very common for rentals, but it's possible the Broker has an agreement with the prospective tenant so that they will cover the commission if the landlord doesn't. If it's his "buddy," the broker may simply be willing to help regardless of whether you pay.

If they actually have someone that's interested in the apartment they will likely ask whether you'd pay a commission. If you are unwilling to do so you run the risk that they won't introduce you to their client.
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Sat Aug 22, 2015
Bob Brandt answered:
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
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