Road rage and rental agent roulette

According to an ABC 7 report, Martin Vigil has been charged with misdemeanor assault, leaving the scene of an accident, and criminal damage to property following the incident in the above video.

Vigil is a leasing agent / manager with Chicago Real Estate LLC, one of the rental services on YoChicago’s do-not-call list.

As of yesterday evening Vigil had 162 apartment ads on Craigslist. If you’ve been searching for an apartment along Chicago’s north lakefront, from Lakeview to Rogers Park, you’ve probably read one or more of those ads.

Chicago’s rental service industry also employs individuals convicted of felony drug charges, identity theft, driving under the influence, domestic assault, and more. When you respond to a rental service apartment ad on Craigslist and other venues, you might be assigned to work with an agent who’s been convicted of a serious crime. When you don’t renew your lease, your landlord may give keys to your apartment to a rental service that employs agents with a criminal record.

Don’t gamble with your financial, physical or emotional health when you’re searching for an apartment. Start with YoChicago’s comprehensive at-a-glance apartment lists and best landlords list. If you’re determined to use a broker, work with one of the city’s brand-name, full-service brokerage firms rather than with one that concentrates on rentals.

In the meantime, enjoy the following item from Martin Vigil’s Facebook page.

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