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When you are ready
to apply we will send you the paperwork and instructions for that landlord. Be prepared to provide the following: a completed application, two most recent pay stubs or proof of income. Be prepared to pay the first month's rent and the application fee with the paperwork. It is the completed paperwork AND the application fee paid that take the apartment off the market.

Everyone over the age of 18 is required to fill out an application and necessary documentation.

Thoroughly fill out the application and provide us with the additional information required. This information may include, but is not limited to: an offer letter if you have accepted a job but not started the new job, or student loan information if you will be utilizing loans to pay your rent. A copy of your ID and a photo of any pet that will in the property.

In some cases a landlord may require a co-signor for a weak application. If this is the case, you will be notified and sent the paperwork and instructions. If extra information is required by the landlord, our processing department will let you know as soon as possible.

Expedite the approval process by providing all the information requested on the application, letting your landlord and place of employment know to expect our call. The approval process can take anywhere from 1 to 3 days, depending on the availability of your information and the landlord to whom we present your application.

Once we hear from the landlord that you are approved you will be notified promptly and asked to sign your lease and pay the firsts months rent. Failure to sign the lease and pay the first months rent in a timely manner could result in the property being placed back on the market. If your scheduled move-in date is after the first of the month you will pay the prorated rent when you pay the second month. 

You will receive your keys, after you have signed your lease, paid your security deposit/move-in fee. For security purposes Chicago Apartments and Condos does not give out keys until the current tenant has moved out and you, the new tenant, are ready to move in

Move-in fees and security deposits. Some landlords require a one month security deposit, which you will receive back at the end of your lease term with interest, provided there is no damage to the apartment. Many landlords ask for a non-refundable move-in fee or admin fee. Chicago Apartment and Condo Leasing Team will make you aware of which one is required for the particular apartment you are interested in while showing you the apartment, so you will know what to expect.

Service animals required because of a disability and trained to perform a specific work or task are not considered pets. Landlords may ask for additional documentation if the disability is not easily determined. If any paperwork contradicts any laws or civil codes, the laws and codes will take precedents.

If your application is denied, you will be notified with a phone call.

Baird & Warner fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act.  The Chicago Fair Housing Regulations prohibit housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military status or source of income. Anybody using our services must abide by all Fair Housing Laws.