29 hours ago

Looking for a cheap portable air conditioner

I'm looking for a portable air conditioner for as cheap as possible until our central AC is repaired. I'd be grateful for any and all leads, thanks.

Apr 09

Updated 5 days ago

Patio Install Recommendation/Question

Hello-
I am interested in using the product below in part of my yard that has turns into a swamp when it rains. Has anyone used this product or can recommend someone that could install it for me? Also, has anyone had success with another product that lets rain drain through?

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Apr 27

Updated May 04

Building sold

I feel for my neighbors building was sold to Peak properties. They got their notices saying their rents are being rasied to market rates.That means from seven hundred to nine hundred or more .There are elderly and children who will not be able to pay.

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    Bankruptcy would be great and if they could find a way to get out of the Laz thing that would be great too.

  • Tom Concerned Neighbor

    Michael McDonough - Why would bankruptcy be great? Can you explain?

Apr 19

Updated May 03

How do security deposits work in Chicago? Need to get old one back before starting new lease?

If I am leaving a place, when can I get my security deposit back? I'd like to use my security deposit from my old place (the one i'm in now) and put it towards the security deposit on the new place because I don't have a lot of spare funds sitting around. Is it possible to get the security deposit back before the move out date on the old place in order to make this happen?

  • I believe most banks offer said account and they are not new, but not necessarily well advertised. Our accounts of this type are with PNC and they are savings accounts not in a business name. Chase, B of A and others definitely have these types of accounts.

  • Brett, I'm going to let some of my buddies know to check with their banks and specifically ask for this type of account. Many have tried in the past and were offered accounts that were $5 to $8 per month per security deposit account in order to comply with CRLTO....

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    Brett, I'm going to let some of my buddies know to check with their banks and specifically ask for this type of account. Many have tried in the past and were offered accounts that were $5 to $8 per month per security deposit account in order to comply with CRLTO.

    Many landlords I know have tried again and again to figure out how to comply with all of the parameters of the CRLTO. There is a frustration amongst many owners regarding the difficulty of doing so. If these savings accounts are free this is entirely the solution and could help to keep rent prices stable. But most have tried and failed and just figure out a workaround like move-in fees and higher rents.

    Landlords who only charge move-in fees and do not hold a security deposit are raising their risk by not having any leverage over an individual tenant who may damage a unit or leave without paying. If the move-in fee approach fails and a tenant leaves a unit damaged or with unpaid rent, those losses typically translate into an increased rental price for the next tenant to make up for losses. It is a vicious cycle. Landlords end up finding it very difficult to make a bad tenant pay, and the new tenants who haven't done anything wrong get punished and pay the price.

    If you don't see the relationship between non-performing tenants and gentrification it is pretty clear to me. When folks screw the landlord it forces the landlord to make very difficult decisions about how they run their business. Following a run of bad tenants, about all a landlord can do is either move in, sell the building, or the most common solution is to raise rents.

    I appreciate all of the input Brett, Gil and others have put into this convo. This is a great forum for us to share our experiences, including problems and solutions. Looks like Brett provided the best info of all. Thanks.

Apr 25

Updated Apr 28

Will I Need a Permit?

Planning to replace the siding on my home. Does anyone know if I will need a permit to do this? The city of Chicago webpage that is supposed to list the types of projects that don't need a permit is currently down. Can anyone offer clarification? Thanks!

  • I was looking at the website at the list of work that does not require a permit, and I'm a bit confused.

    At one point is says replacing a fence a maximum of 5' does not require a permit, except for a chain link fence. Is this correct? Why would that be? And I thought fences can be up to 6' high. Does this mean a permit is needed if a fence is over 5'?

    And what about gates?

    I'm confused.

  • Fences and gates higher than 5’-0” and chain link fences typically require a permit because the height and material both trigger zoning review.

Apr 21

ISO Moving boxes

Looking for moving boxes--hoping to recycle someone else's rather than buy new. Let me know if I can take some off your hands. Thanks so much!!

Apr 01

Updated Apr 03

Tree removal

I am looking to get a large cottonwood tree removed in Hermosa. Any suggestions for a reliable tree removal company? Thanks!

  • Just wondering, are the trees dead or damaged or you just don't like shade? Removing large trees in Logan Square should be discouraged unless it's necessary as we are currently experiencing the blight of the emerald ash borer which is causing the death of all of the ash trees in the neighborhood.

  • One of the trees has branches hanging over the house, which have been trimmed and are now regrowing. It looks like a fungus is creating big bulbus looking knots on those branches. Definitely doesn't look safe to keep up.

Apr 03 2014

Updated Mar 28

Cost to dig out basement?

Has anyone had this done? There's a lot of material on the internet about this but not a whole lot of specific pricing examples, at least not for the Chicago area.. The house is a small 1900s ~30x20 brick house. I'm aware of all of the permitting requirements, etc., I just need a ballpark cost to demo the current partially finished basement, break up the slab, dig down about 1-foot (and do whatever may be necessary there -- pouring additional...

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Has anyone had this done? There's a lot of material on the internet about this but not a whole lot of specific pricing examples, at least not for the Chicago area.. The house is a small 1900s ~30x20 brick house. I'm aware of all of the permitting requirements, etc., I just need a ballpark cost to demo the current partially finished basement, break up the slab, dig down about 1-foot (and do whatever may be necessary there -- pouring additional foundation, sure-up existing pillars, etc.), pour a new slab, rough-in wall studs (I can do the final finishes), and relocate the mechanicals to a consolidated area (they're currently spread all over the place). The basement also currently has a full bathroom which I would like to re-install after the dig-out.. Little help? Thanks :) !!

  • Rofoeko I like punishing myself with DIY projects

    McDonagh excavation. Chicago guy. They can do the excavation and pouring of the new slab. Honest dude, helpful with suggestions as well.

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