Tag: eviction

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 »

Would YOU rent to PitBull & Ne-Yo?: Top 10 Songs About Rent

Would YOU rent to PitBull & Ne-Yo?: Top 10 Songs About Rent
// If you know me well then you know I love to dance.  Recently I heard the end of the year playback of 2015’s most popular songs.  One song stood out as I remembered the first few times I heard it: Pitbull and Ne-Yo’s “Time of Our Lives.” After pairing up for the phenomenally successful club... Read more »

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part IV (solutions)

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part IV (solutions)
Read “The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part III” 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 another chance to re-examine my own role in those bad experiences.  Here are some... 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 »

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

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part I
  Last night I had nightmare. The dream was based on a question that has plagued me since long before I ever signed my first mortgage contract in 2002.  Can a nice guy (or girl) be a successful landlord?” I mean, sure, I have no doubts about learning how to acquire lots of property and... Read more »
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Eviction Court, Part IV: “You tell ‘em, King Judge!”

Read “Eviction Court, Part III: She’ll tell you they’re selling drugs in her apartment, Your Honor!” I entered another courtroom where I watched one judge read the Riot Act to a tenant’s attorney for how a case was handled. By law, the lawyer had thirty days after a previous court appearance to file a motion... Read more »

Eviction Court, Part III: “She’ll tell you they’re selling drugs in her apartment, Your Honor!”

Eviction Court, Part III: “She’ll tell you they’re selling drugs in her apartment, Your Honor!”
  Read “Eviction Court, Part II: Tiny Kingdoms” One of the first trials I observed involved a frustrated landlord who was trying to get rid of a tenant for being a general pain in the wah-wah.  The problem was not so much over delinquent rent as constant arguments about a variety of issues.   The... 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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Eviction Court, Part I: Slaying the Dragon

Eviction Court, Part I: Slaying the Dragon
  There’s one word in the English language that most Chicago landlords fear above all others. It’s a word that makes us break out in a cold sweat. A word that stalks our dreams and haunts our waking hours. A word that chills the blood flowing through our veins and makes the hairs on the... Read more »