In Lincoln Park and Lakeview, a rental service is worse than useless

One of the many things that Chicago rental services don’t want you to know is that there are many properties that they can’t or won’t show you.

The “can’t show” roster includes the many popular properties that don’t pay brokers a commission and won’t allow them to show renters around.

The “won’t show” list comprises properties that pay rental services less than a full commission. The rental services will often go through hilarious contortions explaining why it isn’t in a renter’s best interest to see those properties.

The properties that rental services can’t and won’t show you are often among the very best values in the neighborhood. That makes rental services worse than useless, before even taking into consideration the abusive and dishonest tactics that have earned them many negative reviews.

The rental market in Lincoln Park and Lakeview is tight, and that’s been leading a growing number of properties to cut back on or cut out their cooperation with rental services.

If you’re looking for an apartment in Lincoln Park or Lakeview, we recommend starting with the following YoChicago advertisers that own and manage 1,000s of apartments in prime locations in these neighborhoods.

  • BJB Properties, 15 properties
  • Eugenie Terrace, a full-amenity high-rise fronting the park
  • Planned Property Management, 6 properties
  • Reside Living, 5 properties
  • Webster Square, new luxury apartments across from Oz Park
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