Craigslist doesn’t allow ads to be posted more than once every 48 hours and prohibits keyword spam, i.e. the use of irrelevant terms in ads to draw attention to them. Illinois law prohibits advertising property without written authorization.
Over-posted ads, ads stuffed with irrelevant keywords and unauthorized ads are spam. You wouldn’t respond to spam email and you shouldn’t risk responding to Craigslist spam ads. We’ve identified the ten most prolific Craigslist apartment ad spammers to make it easy for you to avoid them:
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You’ll find almost all of the properties in Craigslist spam ads (and a lot more) on YoChicago’s at-a-glance apartment lists.
Craigslist spam is just one of the obnoxious and illegal behaviors that earn rental services a/k/a apartment locators a/k/a apartment finders a spot on YoChicago’s do-not-call list. Consult that list when you’re unsure whether an ad has been placed by a property or by a rental service. Dozens of rental services advertise the same properties. The only way to ensure that you’re getting accurate information and know where your application stands is to work directly with the property.