Category: Tenant Stories

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Homes by Drunk Hippies That Smell Like Fried Tortillas

Homes by Drunk Hippies That Smell Like Fried Tortillas
One of my favorite subscribers sent me the following story about her first experience as a renter. Anneliese is a Chicago native currently living in Minnesota with her nice husband. She reads ChicagoNow when she’s homesick or just to keep up with what’s going on in her city. We both agree that while what happened... Read more »

Show Some Landlord Love to Tenants This Valentine's Day

Show Some Landlord Love to Tenants This Valentine's Day
Hey Landlords and Landladies, show the residents of your buildings some love this Valentine’s Day!  ….And I don’t mean in that creepy “I-think-my-landlord-has-been-here-because-my-underwear-drawer-is-open” kind of way. Errr? Think about the ways some of the people in your properties make your life easier.  Sometimes residents go above and beyond to create or enhance a pleasant community... Read more »

You’re absolutely right. My landlady wouldn’t like that AT ALL!

You’re absolutely right. My landlady wouldn’t like that AT ALL!
(This post is my answer to the January ChicagoNow Blogapalooz-Hour challenge “Write about a time you told a lie” ) So I had just starting dating this guy about ten years ago.  He was tall and brown with movie star good looks.  His face was not so much formed as sculpted.  He was a smooth... Read more »
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The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part III

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part III
Read “The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part II”   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 said cheerfully.  “Especially with this being your busiest night of... Read more »

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part II

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part II
Read “The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part I” Later that evening, I went back home to my custom built mega-McMansion in an undisclosed northern suburb.  I had a moat built around the boundary just in case any disgruntled tenant ever tried to track me down.  We brought the alligators inside for winter.... Read more »

Eviction Court, Part II: Tiny Kingdoms

Eviction Court, Part II: Tiny Kingdoms
Read “Eviction Court, Part I: Slaying the Dragon”  On the scheduled day, I was the only landlord to show for our agreed eviction court field trip.  My associates all said something came up.  I suspect they got cold feet at the last minute.   I entered the first courtroom and quietly sat on one of the... Read more »
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