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Survey the listings on Domu this season and you’ll see that the move-in fee is replacing the security deposit as the new standard for Chicago apartments.  You may even find two great apartments, one charging a move-in fee, the other a security deposit.  Consider this as you choose between the two:

1. Move-In Fees Are Cheaper in the Short Term.  Move-in fees are intended to offset a landlord’s administrative costs – they aren’t intended to serve as security against unpaid rent.  As such, the move-in fee is typically a few hundred dollars, and certainly not more than...

Christmas morning, an hour before sunrise, the snow is gusting, the wind is whistling, and you find yourself walking the deserted streets of Chicago craving something caloric and greasy.  How you got here is nobody’s business.  The only question is where to eat.  If only you had a guide to Chicago’s 24/7/365 restaurants.

Enter Domu!  Today, your favorite apartment-finding resource is pleased to offer the renters of our beloved city a list of Chicago restaurants that never close.  Whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas, or International Skeptics Day, we have found at least 34 local...

Gross Pointe Lighthouse along Lake Michigan shore in Evanston, IL

Chicago landlords have been clamoring for a larger Domu advertising presence in Evanston.  In 2017, we delivered.  This rental season, Domu bought ad placements on strategic "L" stops in Evanston.  We also invested in digital advertising targeting current Evanston renters as well as those who are searching for Evanston apartment rentals on computers and smartphones that are located outside of Evanston.

Since 2012, Domu has been the local's apartment search site for Chicagoans. We are proud to be gaining market share in Evanston, too.  Post a listing in Evanston...

Based on the current apartment listings on Domu this season, the move-in fee is poised to replace the security deposit among Chicago landlords and property managers.  Here's why: the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (CRLTO) imposes harsh penalties for minor and sometimes inadvertent infractions relating to security deposits, but it does not yet regulate move-in fees.  Of course, refundable security deposits have their advantages— they incentivize tenants to maintain their apartments and they allow the landlord to deduct any unpaid rent which has not been...

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