Category Archives: Tenant Screening

HUD issues fair housing “guidance” on landlord use of criminal background checks

Not good news for Chicago landlords April is fair housing month and to celebrate, the Office of the General Counsel of HUD has released “Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers … Continue reading

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Is the “Application Fee” in Danger?

Proposed Illinois law to regulate rental application fees Everyone knows the importance of tenant screening.  In order to offset the cost of screening “the right way”, many landlords collect application fees.  Now, Illinois lawmakers are getting ready to regulate these … Continue reading

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Just one simple check of Cook County eviction court records could save landlords money

I received a great email from a person I spoke to about a landlord tenant issue just a bit ago.  We did not come to an engagement on the case, but this landlord wanted to update me about the eviction … Continue reading

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Look deeper when conducting tenant screening

A few years ago, I penned an article about The Art of Finding the Right Tenant.  While that article remains useful today, America’s troubled economy further complicates the already difficult procedure of choosing a tenant.  Landlords still need to do … Continue reading

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Quick and simple tenant screening tip for Illinois landlords

Illinois tenant screening tips Many landlords don’t like to screen their tenants thoroughly.  In fact, some landlords seem to require only that the tenant have enough money to pay the deposit and the first month’s rent (some don’t even go … Continue reading

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A quick note on keeping your head

I spoke with a landlord this morning who had filed an eviction action against his tenant.  The case, he said, was not going well and he needed some help.  Something he said caught my attention. 

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Rentals on the rise in Chicago?

A recent blog article in the Wall Street Journal indicates that landlords have “seize[d] the upper hand in [the] apartment market”.  This is an interesting development.  The article cites the all too common shift where former homeowners are losing their … Continue reading

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