Mom & pop landlords: stay competitive with discounted shiny bells & whistles

Mom & pop landlords: stay competitive with discounted shiny bells & whistles
Recently I’ve been working on filling my vacant units with new renters.  Since I wanted to attract a higher quality of applicants (translation: people who pay rent, um…….regularly), I knew it was my responsibility as an owner to improve the quality of my product. Ten years ago I bought and rehabbed an 80-year old solidly... Read more »

No easy outs for those who choose to do harm

The sudden and unexpected loss of a life is tragic by itself. Loved ones are lost every day to car accidents, natural disasters, work-related injuries, undiagnosed illnesses and any number of dangers. Heavy hearts long for the one who is no longer here and try to make peace with the unavoidable unpredictability of chance. But... Read more »

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 »
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I wear a size 12 womens shoe...and by the way I'm 255 lbs

Message sent to me: “Welcome to ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour!  Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour. Here is tonight’s challenge:  “Write about something in your life you once obsessed about but now rarely, if ever, think about” (Can be a good or bad obsession, about a person,... Read more »

A police chase through your yard beats a can of Red Bull ANY day

A police chase through your yard beats a can of Red Bull ANY day
It’s been a long, crazy day, umm week, umm, month, umm couple of years.  Not necessarily all bad, but sometimes challenging.  Or, as I like to say, “character-building.”  When I finally get past this particular patch then I’ll have enough character for me AND for you.  To be honest, a lot of what I’m experiencing... Read more »

Check out our block party pics to see the coolest firemen in Chicago

Even the trees got festive for the occasion.  Rainbow of colors.  Dollar store plastic tablecloths cut in half.
Here’s the photo gallery from our block party a couple of weeks ago.  Check out how much fun the guys from the Chicago Fire Department had with us (I gave their supervisor a heads up that I was blogging about their visit and he was fine with it).  The last seven pictures will crack you... Read more »
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The Chicago Fire Department: hats off to our unsung heroes

(see bottom for links to other posts in this series) About five hours later, a resident from our other block ran up to me and said, “Hey, you know the fire truck is here, right?”  I was so touched and excited that I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time.  I honestly felt... Read more »

Have you hugged a firefighter today?

Have you hugged a firefighter today?
(see bottom for links to other posts in this series) So I woke up the day after the block party with a huge grin and deep sense of contentment.  The weather had been beautiful and by all indications, residents of all ages had THE. BEST. TIME.  Including me.  (Details in a related post with pictures.) ... Read more »

Don't miss Bulls' Kris Dunn & the 400 security camera giveaway

Don't miss Bulls' Kris Dunn & the 400 security camera giveaway
How cool is this?  I just received the following email about a big giveaway taking place this Saturday, September 23.  I blog a lot about safety, personal security and building safe neighborhoods.  It must have gotten someone’s attention because they reached out to me to share this information with you.  In the spirit of “things... Read more »
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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 »