1. Start Early
Prospective renters should begin looking for an apartment about two months in advance.
2. Know What You Want
When starting the search, prospective renters should know what kind of apartment they want. Important factors to consider include the number of bedrooms, square footage, price, location, proximity to public transportation, pet policy and utilities included in rent.
3. Conduct Your Own Research
Fair housing law prohibits leasing agents from speaking about the safety of neighborhoods. Applicants concerned about safety should do their own research.
4. Take A Tour
You can call (833) 896-9936 to schedule a weekday appointment between 9am and 5pm, or attend a weekly Open House at our leasing office at 35 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, held every Saturday between 10am and 4pm. Please keep in mind that we do not have a model unit to show. Only apartments that are currently available or will be available within about two months may be toured.
5. Read All Application Requirements
Applicants should be clear on application policies and fees, including when fees are refundable. For instance, earnest money payments are not refundable once an application is accepted and application fees are never refundable.
6. Prepare Necessary Documents
Applicants need to provide the contact information of their current, and at least one previous, landlord or management company, or proof of mortgage paid, if they are homeowners. Income and employment verification documents (recent check stubs, bank statement, W2 form, job offer letter, student loan information, etc.) are also required.
7. Apply Online to Expedite the Application Process
If applying in person, applicants may pay in cash or by check or credit card (there is a credit card convenience fee). We recommend applying online to expedite the process.
8. Sign the Lease in a Timely Manner
Applicants have five days to sign a lease after acceptance, not 5 business days, and not 5 days from when they receive their lease. It is in the applicant’s best interest to promptly get all available information to the leasing department to ensure that the lease can be signed within the allotted time frame.