Tenant Advice

You’ve found the perfect apartment—the right neighborhood, right price point, great view, close to public transportation or your favorite dog park. But something about it just doesn’t feel right. Could it be the psychic energy? And what can you do to fix it?

Domu consulted Andrew Anderson, and Cynthia Becker, both rated among Chicago’s top ten most reliable psychic/mediums.

How do you sense the energy in an apartment?

Cynthia explained, “Your psychic mind is picking up hundreds of bits of information all the time. While your conscious mind is occupied...

Many apartment searches begin with a realization that you’d like to move to a particular neighborhood, or that you would really like to have a specific feature—like a great view or outdoor space—in your next apartment. But what about rent? Do you know how much you can afford to spend on rent, or how much you ought to spend? Domu asked Chicago’s most renowned financial journalist, Ilyce Glink, for five tips for Chicago renters to consider during the apartment search. According to Ilyce:

  1. When setting a rental budget, the three most important considerations are
  2. ...
February 15, 2016

How to Break an Apartment Lease in Chicago

When tenants enter into a lease, they seldom expect to move before the end of its term. Unfortunately, life circumstances or poor landlord-tenant relationships occasionally necessitate moving before a lease ends. The consequences of breaking a lease without legal grounds often catch tenants by surprise. This post will address the consequences of breaking a lease without legal grounds and some alternatives to breaking a lease.* Terminating a lease for conditions affecting the habitability of the apartment and other landlord violations of state and local law will be addressed in a future...

This isn’t your first apartment. You’ve signed your share of leases by now. And you hope that this time, you’ll stay another year when the lease expires. The days of futons, poster putty, and decorating the tops of cabinets with empty bottles are behind you. So how do you begin your quest to turn your apartment into your first adult home?

We spoke to Chicago designer Paul Schulman, named best custom furniture maker by Chicago Magazine in 2007. Schulman offers a few tips on how to strategically furnish an apartment with meaningful pieces that you’ll want to keep for years to...

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