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Get out of Craigslist jail, go direct to Lakeview landlords

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If you’re looking to rent in Lakeview you can waste countless hours reading 1,000s of repetitive bait-and-switch rental service ads at Craigslist. The odds are high that your real misery only begins once you’ve connected with a rental service via Craigslist. Hundreds of leasing agents, many of them total rookies, some of them convicted criminals, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 11, 2014
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Find Lincoln Park apartments the fast, safe and easy way

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Chicago’s piratical rental services / apartment locators / apartment finders would like you to believe that finding an apartment in Lincoln Park is a daunting task. It isn’t. If you buy the rental service line, and work with one of them, you’re a complete sucker and you won’t be shown some of Lincoln Park’s best ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 4, 2013

Major Chicago landlords act to clean up Craigslist ads

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YoChicago recently launched the Craigslist Apartment Cleanup with a goal of eliminating illegal rental service ads, which we estimate to be 95% of all Craigslist rental ads. Cleaning up Craigslist will save Chicago renters countless hours, and make it fast and easy for them to connect directly with landlords and management companies to find their ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 21, 2012

How landlords can support the Craigslist Apartment Cleanup

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The Craigslist Apartment Cleanup is a campaign to eliminate the repetitive bait-and-switch ads placed on Craigslist by rental services / apartment finders. We estimate that rental service ads account for 95% of all Chicago Craigslist apartment ads – and that virtually all of those ads are illegal. Rid Craigslist of the illegal ads and renters ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 17, 2012

Typical Chicago apartment rental policies

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First-time Chicago renters are often clueless about what to expect in the way of fees and policies when they set out to rent an apartment. Their cluelessness is often compounded by well-meaning people offering advice based on their limited personal experience – or their outright bias. You can see some of that confusion in this ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 17, 2012