Category: Tenant Stories

Tenant stories

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 »

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 »

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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Give that squatter a prize!

Give that squatter a prize!
Working title: Do squatters help or hurt challenged neighborhoods?, Pt. 2 So, like I was saying in my last post, I thought I would just tell my hangout buddies about another friend who decided to become a squatter, we would laugh about it, then we would go on to talk about something else.  What actually... 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 »

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Pt. IVa (solutions)

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Pt. IVa (solutions)
The following is a re-print of a post published December 26, 2015 ****************************** Read “The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Pt. IIIa”   The next morning, I reflected on the strange happenings of the night before and the tenant horror stories I shared with the Ghost of Christmas Past.  I was glad for... Read more »
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The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Pt. IIIa

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Pt. IIIa
The following post is a re-print from December 25, 2015 Read “The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Pt. IIa“ *********************************************** I settled in on the bar stool next to the Ghost of Christmas Past.  “It sure is nice of you to take this time to hear my side of things, Mr. Ghost,” I... Read more »

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Pt. IIa

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Pt. IIa
  The following post was originally published on December 24, 2015.  The references to the Presidential campaign are particularly painful now……gee whiz.: ************************************************ Read “The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part Ia”   Later that evening, I went back home to my custom built mega-McMansion in an undisclosed northern suburb. I had a... Read more »

The Flower Haters

The Flower Haters
  So.  Last night, Chicago Now bloggers participated in the monthly writing challenge called “Blogapalooza.”  The trick is to create a blog post in one hour based on a topic revealed to you at the top of said hour.  At the end of the time, you have to hit the “publish” button NO MATTER WHAT. ... Read more »
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Blogapalooza writing assignment: what I love that people misunderstand

Tonight’s Blogapalooza assignment topic is: “Write about something you find beautiful that you feel others may not understand.” ( Just so you know, submitting this unpolished, unfinished piece written on deadline feels like walking out of the house in nothing but my birthday suit.  It takes more guts than I realized to hit that “publish”... Read more »