Oak Park Apartments FAQ For Prospective Tenants

Q: How do I schedule an appointment?
A: You can call the Oak Park Apartments Leasing Office and speak to one of our leasing agents to schedule an appointment Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm. (888) 512-8129 or fill out this form.

Q: How soon should I start looking for an apartment?
A: We get our new apartment listings 60 days in advance, but we recommend that you begin your apartment search no more than 45 days before your move-in date. Please review the criteria for an accepted application here.

Q: How many buildings do you have?
A: Oak Park Apartments owns over 45 buildings throughout Oak Park, Forest Park and Chicago.

Q: What do the buildings look like?
A: Most of our buildings are historic courtyard walk-ups, many of which were designed by
renowned architects and all of which have updated interior spaces, including kitchens,
bathrooms and flooring. We also have a few more modern buildings.

Q: Are pets allowed?
A: Pets are allowed in all of our Oak Park and Forest Park buildings with a one-time non-refundable $100.00 pet fee with some restrictions:

1) We do not accept akitas, bull terriers pit bulls, chows, dobermans, rottweilers, any wolf hybrids or American Staffordshire terriers.
2) Chicago apartments do not allow dogs.
3) Oak Park and Forest Park apartments may not have more than 1 dog.
4) You may not have more than 2 pets in an apartment.

Q: How soon do I have to sign my lease after receiving it?
A: We ask that you sign your lease within 5 days of receiving it; failure to do so will result in forfeit of the $300.00 earnest money and loss of the apartment. You may view a sample lease prior to putting down your earnest money.

Q: How can I pay my rent?
A: You have three options:

1) Pay online through the tenant portal at our website oakparkapartments.com,
2) Leave your check in the secure lockbox outside of our management office located at 41 Chicago Ave., or
3) Mail a check to our management office.

Q: Is there a security deposit?
A: The security deposit for Oak Park and Forest Park apartments is equal to 1.5 times the
monthly rent. Chicago apartments require a $300.00 non-refundable move-in fee.

Q: How can I apply for an apartment?
A: You can fill out a paper application in our leasing office located at 35 Chicago Ave. or
complete an online application that a leasing agent will provide for you.

Q: Is there an application fee?
A: There is a $40.00 non-refundable application fee. For in-person payment, only cash or check is accepted. If you would like to take a unit off the market after being accepted, we ask that you also put down $300.00 in earnest money. This payment will be applied to your security deposit or move-in fee.

Q: How long does it take to process an application?
A: It takes between 24-48 hours to fully process an application. A leasing agent will contact you with the results as soon as possible. Failure to include all application information or cooperation from your verification references in a timely manner may delay the process.

Q: Will my application be approved if I have a good salary, but my credit is bad?
A: We require a minimum credit score of 600 to be considered for an apartment.

Q: Can I have a co-signer on my lease?
A: We do not allow co-signers on any of our leases.

Q: Can I smoke in my apartment?
A: Smoking is not allowed in any of our buildings.

Q: How many people can live in an apartment?
A: The occupancy rate is determined in accordance with village or city regulations, typically two occupants per one bedroom. Occupancy rates may vary.

Q: If my credit and income do not meet the requirements, can I just pay more up front?
A: We do not accept extra or early payment in lieu of meeting the acceptance requirements.

Q: Do you have short-term leases?
A: We offer only 12-month leases.

Q: Is laundry included?
A: Most of our buildings have coin-operated laundry machines in the basements. Some apartments include in-unit laundry; please check listings for more details.

Q: Is there parking available?
A: Parking is available at some of our units for an additional monthly fee; check listings for additional information. Otherwise you will need to contact the village or city for street parking permits.

Q: What is due before move-in?
A: The first month’s rent and the security deposit. If your move-in date is within the final 10 days of the month, rent for the next month will also be required. The security deposit is a separate charge from rent. Pet and parking fees will also be charged, if applicable.