Tag: Renting

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Chicago Residential Group – renters beware

Chicago Residential Group – renters beware

We've been a keen observer of Chicago's rental service industry for many years, and have yet to see a single company that consistently operates wi ...
How to get the worst deal on a Lincoln Park or Lakeview apartment

How to get the worst deal on a Lincoln Park or Lakeview apartment

If you're apartment hunting in the prime near-lakefront areas of Lincoln Park or Lakeview, working with one of Chicago's apartment finders (a/k/a ...
Short-term apartment provider Suite Home Chicago wins a national award

Short-term apartment provider Suite Home Chicago wins a national award

Suite Home Chicago, a provider of short-term, fully-furnished luxury apartments, was given the “Company Member of the Year” award by the Corporate ...
Rental services are a bad bet for Lincoln Park and Lakeview East apartments

Rental services are a bad bet for Lincoln Park and Lakeview East apartments

If you're looking to rent in a prime near-the-park location in Lincoln Park or Lakeview East, the worst mistake you can make is to work with one o ...
Dan Willenborg’s AptAmigo is an outlaw rental service

Dan Willenborg’s AptAmigo is an outlaw rental service

Section 20-22 of the Illinois Real Estate License Act provides that: "Any person who is found working or acting as a managing broker, real es ...
Money-saving tips re the length of your lease

Money-saving tips re the length of your lease

Apartment communities try to maximize their rents – no surprise there. One element in rent maximization is timing lease expirations into periods o ...
YoChicago’s updated list of Chicago’s best landlords

YoChicago’s updated list of Chicago’s best landlords

YoChicago knows some very good landlords, some of the city's best. The properties they manage range from vintage walk-ups to the newest luxury hig ...
Is North Star leasing agent Zach Gotkin ripping off Uptown renters?

Is North Star leasing agent Zach Gotkin ripping off Uptown renters?

In a previous post we noted that we consider North Star Real Estate Group's Zach Gotkin an abusive liar. Gotkin had 1,602 abusively repetitive ...
April 1 is Chicago Apartment Locators Day

April 1 is Chicago Apartment Locators Day

Last April 1, after outing a career criminal working as a leasing agent, we abandoned our practice of writing hoax posts on April Fools' Day, post ...
Daniel Zager, scofflaw agent at Chicago Apartment Leasing Group

Daniel Zager, scofflaw agent at Chicago Apartment Leasing Group

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 ad ...
Chicago Property Genius, bait-and-switch scofflaws adopt a new name

Chicago Property Genius, bait-and-switch scofflaws adopt a new name

It’s been nearly two years since we’ve written about the prolific Craigslsit apartment ad spammers at State Street Properties. Since our post ...
Zach Gotkin at North Star Real Estate Group is an abusive liar

Zach Gotkin at North Star Real Estate Group is an abusive liar

As of this morning Zach Gotkin at North Star Real Estate Group had 1,257 abusively repetitive ads online at Craigslist. Four days ago he had 1,602 ...
Craigslist’s worst apartment ad spammer – less spam but just as toxic

Craigslist’s worst apartment ad spammer – less spam but just as toxic

When we began our recent spate of posts on Chicagoland Property Group (“CPG”), back on March 11, twenty-two of the firm’s agents had just over 7,0 ...
Michael Longo, scofflaw apartment spammer, North Star Real Estate Group

Michael Longo, scofflaw apartment spammer, North Star Real Estate Group

A mere four agents at North Star Real Estate Group had over 4,100 apartment ads active on Craigslist yesterday evening. Three of them accounted fo ...
Are all Craigslist ads from the scofflaw-family Walker scofflaw ads?

Are all Craigslist ads from the scofflaw-family Walker scofflaw ads?

Chicagoland Property Group’s scofflaw-family Walker is vomiting up about 1,000 fewer active spam ads at Craigslist following our posts on Joi Walk ...
The 2016 list of Chicago’s best landlords

The 2016 list of Chicago’s best landlords

Note: Consult our more up-to-date 2017 list. The City of Chicago publishes a list of problem landlords, and updates it twice a year. The list h ...
Cassi Norman and the scofflaw-family Walker, an update

Cassi Norman and the scofflaw-family Walker, an update

Six members of a single family hold real estate licenses affiliated with Chicagoland Property Group (“CPG”), a firm we’ve singled out as Craiglist ...
An urgent warning to Chicago renters and property managers re Zumper and RadPad

An urgent warning to Chicago renters and property managers re Zumper and RadPad

For years now, Chicago property managers have taken a lax approach to the well-known, rampantly illegal behavior of Chicago rental services. They’ ...
Erin Harper, scofflaw leasing agent at Chicagoland Property Group

Erin Harper, scofflaw leasing agent at Chicagoland Property Group

Her name is Erin Harper, but we’ll call her “Erring Erin Harper,” because erring seems to be her core competency. Erring Erin is affiliated wi ...
Michael Hawks, scofflaw leasing agent at Chicagoland Property Group

Michael Hawks, scofflaw leasing agent at Chicagoland Property Group

Michael Hawks is the second most prolific ad spammer at Chicagoland Property Group (“CPG”), a firm that we’ve called Craiglist’s worst apartment a ...
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