On Craigslist, bait-and-switch is the norm

If you’re searching for an apartment in any of the lakefront communities covered by YoChicago’s at-a-glance apartment lists and maps, you’re wasting your time by searching on Craigslist. Our lists are comprehensive, and include links to property websites, where you can get accurate, up-to-date information directly from property owners and management companies.

Accurate information is rare on Craigslist, where the great majority of the ads are bait-and-switch come-ons posted by the tens of thousands by Chicago’s sleazy apartment rental services.

One great feature of our lists is a link to the near real-time availability information that many of the buildings publish on their website. I used those links to check three Craigslist ads published just hours earlier. Two had no availabilities for the advertised apartments, and the third had three apartments listed at 10% or more than the price advertised on Craigslist.

If you have lots of time to waste, and a taste for risk, head over to Craigslist.

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