Category: Landlord Legal Stuff

Drunk hippies, raw eggs, police chases, Harry Potter, pole dancing, eviction court and a landlady’s knickers

Full title: Drunk hippies, raw eggs, police chases, Harry Potter, pole dancing, eviction court and a landlady’s knickers: my two years of blogging for Chicago Now   I’m celebrating my second anniversary as a Chicago Now blogger and I mean “celebrating” in the truest sense of the word.  Someone should have told me years ago... Read more »

The Condo Expo is not what you think

It’s that time of year again.  The semi-annual condo expo is happening tomorrow at Navy Pier–but it’s not what you think.  It’s so much more.  And if you have the time and the inclination I would highly recommend taking a peek. When I first heard about the expo from a friend a few years ago,... Read more »

When abuse hits home: how landlords can protect victims

Reading the headlines recently about issues of sexual harassment and abuse is just boggling my mind.  No sensible person would doubt that these situations happen but I don’t think anyone realized how widespread they are.  It makes me think of all the ways people are unable to feel safe, in their workplaces, in public and... Read more »
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How to request a heating disclosure when the heat is in the new renter's name

According to the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (CRLTO), a landlord is to provide any new tenant who pays for their own heating gas with a disclosure for heating costs for the previous twelve months. (This Chicago law firm blog post is from 2014 but I believe the information is still current).  Since customer account... Read more »

I shouldn’t be telling you this but…registration closes TODAY at 5pm

I shouldn’t be telling you this but…registration closes TODAY at 5pm
  I was tossing around the idea of blogging about this today.  See, there’s this “lottery” that anyone who meets certain guidelines and owns a residential property in Chicago can enter to get assistance with repairing or replacing a roof or porch.  You can only put in your name once a year and they hold... Read more »

Section 8 vouchers: Do shady participants equal a bad program?

One of the great longtime subscribers to this blog, Anneliese, reached out to me via email about my recent post “Chicago’s ‘Ending Veterans Homelessness Initiative.'”  She had some questions about the Sec 8/Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program and rental vouchers in general.  Anneliese made some great points and raised some great questions, so I asked... Read more »
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Wait, did you say you just WAIVED all the taxes?

Wait, did you say you just WAIVED all the taxes?
  Ever notice a nice-looking house or building which has been vacant for years and no one seems to know why?  You might assume that even though the outside of the structure is attractive, surely the inside must be a wreck (busted pipes, moldy walls, nests of raccoons and possums swapping stories about the good... Read more »

Like everything else there are many sides to squatting

Working title: Do squatters help or hurt challenged neighborhoods?, Pt. 3 My friends laid out for me the reasons why they believed squatters have the right idea after my question in the previous post: They talked of the critical shortage of affordable housing in Chicago (in livable condition). They talked of the overabundance of properties... Read more »

Do squatters help or hurt challenged neighborhoods?

Once I was hanging out with a group of friends and I told what I considered to be a “would-you-believe?”–type story about a guy I know closely and personally.  He saw a vacant/foreclosed house in a nearby suburb, committed an unauthorized entry, and started to fix it with the intention of moving his family in. ... Read more »
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A recommended beach read for landlords

A recommended beach read for landlords
Attention all you mom and pop landlords: if you can actually make it to the beach this summer in between the clogged toilets and ambushing tenants to collect late rents, why not check out this great “bible” of a real estate book? This past week I’ve been listening to the audiobook of Robert Kiyosaki’s “The... Read more »