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Chicago’s dirtiest dozen apartment rental services – iMove Chicago is #3

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There are scores of rental services on YoChicago’s do-not-call list. We’re singling out twelve of them – the ones we consider the dirtiest dozen – for a closer look, as part of our Craigslist Apartment Cleanup. The top spot (chronologically) on our dirtiest dozen roster went to Rent Proactive. Next up on our roster was ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 21, 2013

A Craigslist Apartment Cleanup success story

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Our Craigslist Apartment Cleanup has both short-term and long-term goals. In the near term we’re focusing on a somewhat arbitrarily-selected “dirtiest dozen” Craigslist ad spammers and asking your cooperation in identifying and flagging ads that are posted too frequently in violation of Craigslist’s Terms of use. In the longer term we’ll be seeking disciplinary action ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 8, 2013

Chicago’s dirtiest dozen rental services – Urban Lux is #2

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You’ll find scores of rental services on YoChicago’s do-not-call list. We’re singling out twelve of them – the ones we consider the dirtiest dozen – for a closer look, as part of our Craigslist Apartment Cleanup. The top spot (chronologically) on our dirtiest dozen roster went to Rent Proactive. Next up on our roster is ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 7, 2013

Chicago’s dirtiest dozen rental services – Rent Proactive is #1

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You’ll find scores of sleazy rental services on YoChicago’s do-not-call list. In the coming weeks we’ll single out twelve of them – the dirtiest dozen – for special attention. Our criteria for inclusion in the dirtiest dozen are somewhat arbitrary. Our goal is to document Chicago rental services’ extensive illegal online behavior and seek meaningful ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 2, 2013

Killing Rent Proactive spam ads on Craigslist

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According to Craigslist, “Free classified ads sufficiently flagged are subject to automated removal.” Rent Proactive, a Chicago-based apartment finder, has long been one of Craigslist’s worst ad spammers, the subject of highly-suspicious reviews at Yelp, a charter member of our rental service do-not-call list, and a disloyal vendor to landlords whose apartments they’ve rented. I ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 30, 2012

While you’re at it, Ginger Summers, cut the crap on Yelp

Last Saturday we suggested that an apartment locator (a/k/a bedbug) by the name of Ginger Summers quit spamming Craigslist with thousands of repetitive ads. We don’t expect to affect Ginger’s behavior – her bots have already posted 100s of ads before noon today, and nearly 1,000 yesterday – but hopefully we can convince you to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 18, 2011