Category: Landlord Legal Stuff

Let me tell you about the landlord convention in St. Louis

So, I’m just coming down off of my high from attending the 15th Annual Mr. Landlord Convention. What a wonderful, life-changing experience! This was my first time there and I would tell anyone interested in real estate investing to check it out—from prospectives, to newbies, to 20-year r.e. veterans. I can’t wait to share with... Read more »

Money Smart Week: The Money You Make vs. The Money You Keep

Money Smart Week: The Money You Make vs. The Money You Keep
  The older I get the more I understand the conventional wisdom that goes something like “it’s not about the money you make, it’s about the money you keep.” That’s why I look forward to “Money Smart Week” (through April 30).  Every year, The Chicago Public Library (CPL) lays out a delicious smorgasbord of FREE... Read more »

Happy Birthday to Our Landlord Support Group

A few months ago I blogged about how I struggled for many years with being a landlord because I was too isolated.  I underestimated the value of networking with other property owners and sharing ideas.  One change I made in 2015 was putting forth a conscious and concerted effort to reach out and meet other... Read more »
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Sexy Landlord Tax Tips

Sexy Landlord Tax Tips
Read  “Landlord Tax Tips That Won’t Put You to Sleep” First, let me say that if you’re a landlord who has already completed and submitted your taxes, YOU, my friend, are my beloved hero.  I long to walk in your noble footsteps.  You’re a like a Real Estate Investing Giant to me.  If only I... Read more »

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 »

Landlordology's "The 12 Most Popular Articles from 2015"

Landlordology's "The 12 Most Popular Articles from 2015"
  This is a really great year-end list of articles from a resource called Landlordology.  It’s a nice starting point for current and future landlords and property managers.  PLEASE remember that rental laws are local (Chicago is more specific than most places and Landlordology is based on the West Coast, I believe).  Each area has... Read more »
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Attn Chicago Landlords and Homeowners: Shovel Your Snow Because Rahm Wants Your Money

Attn Chicago Landlords and Homeowners: Shovel Your Snow Because Rahm Wants Your Money
  …And I’m not BS-ing you–Rahm actually said it. There was a time when common belief considered falling snow an act of God (well, you know it actually kind of is) and that building owners and homeowners were not “required” to clear paths. Then even when the laws were put on the books to require... 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 »

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 »
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