My attention was drawn to Daniel Zager when I saw copyrighted photos I’d shot in an ad he’d placed for a property that doesn’t allow brokers to advertise. Two strikes against Zager, a leasing agent at Chicago Apartment Leasing Group (“CALG”). Strike three: the ad did not, as required by the Real Estate License Act, include the name under which his firm is registered with IDFPR.
Zager has 100s of ads at Craigslist, many of them for properties which haven’t given CALG the legally-required authorization to advertise.
Zager ramps up his scofflaw behavior at Zumper by advertising properties without authorization and with a fraudulently deceptive Instant Apply link. Any renter foolish enough to follow through on the Instant Apply feature may provide Zager their Experian credit report. None of the properties Zager advertises at Zumper accept applications through brokers, and there can be no doubt that Zager is aware of that fact and is deliberately misleading renters.
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