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7601 North Eastlake Terrace    Chicago, IL 60626


 Frequently Asked Questions

Do you allow pets?
What are some typical apartment features?
Can I leave my apartment in the middle of a month?
Are utilities included?
When is rent due?
Do you rent private parking spaces or garages?
How is the street parking?
Will you consider an applicant with a bad credit history?
Do you permit leases with terms that are more or less than 12 months?
Is this building/area safe for walking around?
Is the rent negotiable?
Who handles apartment repairs and maintenance?
Will you change my lightbulbs?
Is the security deposit negotiable?
What about public transportation?
Will I find adequate shopping?
Is there a good selection of entertainment attractions?
Can you discriminate against me for any reason?
Will you allow me to attach a satellite dish to the roof or the side of the building?
Can I operate a business out of my apartment?
What if my circumstances change and I need to move into a larger or smaller unit?
What if circumstances change and I must vacate prior to the expiration of my lease?
What if I just decide to buy a condo or a house before my lease expires?
What rate of interest will you pay on my Security Deposit?
What is the minimum temperature that must be maintained in my apartment per City Ordinance?
Do you offer any moving assistance?
Why are Eastlake rents somewhat lower than rents for identical apartments in Evanston?
Should I buy renter's insurance?
What sort of neighbors will I have?
Do you rent to students?
I'm considering a new roommate. Does Lee Street Management need to be involved?
Do you have any suggestions for finding a good Roommate?
Can you answer specific questions about the Chicago or Evanston Landlord Tenant Ordinances?



Do you allow pets?

Yes. There is a small addition to the monthly rental amount. This of course does not apply to permanently contained pets such as fish or birds.  All dogs must be escorted through the rear apartment doors. Under no circumstances will we allow pet owners to transport their pets through the front lobby doors.  This policy reflects the right of others to come and go from their apartments without fear of encountering an unknown or aggressive animal.  If you want to learn more about our policy for pets, please read the Pet Agreement addendum that would be attached to your lease.

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What are some typical apartment features?
Every apartment is unique, however almost all units do have hardwood floors, ceiling fans, intercoms with security door buzzers, circuit breakers, miniblinds, cable TV jacks, high-speed fiber-optic cable Internet jacks, and major kitchen appliances. Almost all buildings have on-site laundry, bicycle storage racks and storage lockers .

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I have a month-to-month tenancy.  If I give notice, can I leave in the middle of a month?
  When you have a month-to-month tenancy, you are required to give a 30-day notice to the landlord that you are terminating your lease. While the notice has to be given at least 30 days in advance, it must call for the termination of the tenancy on the last day of any whole month. The notice can be given more than 30 days in advance, however the effective date of the termination can only be the last day of your chosen month.

It makes no difference when you are able to move from your apartment. Under the law, you are not allowed to a pro-ration of the rent for the number of days you actually live there. Your obligation to pay rent for the whole calendar month arises on the first day of each monthly term. Barring a written agreement with the landlord to prorate rent on a daily basis, you are required to pay rent for the entire month the first day of each month, even if you do not remain beyond the first day.


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Are utilities included?
 Tenants pay for electricity. Lee Street Management supplies heat and both hot and cold water. You will be responsible for your own optional utilities such as electricity, cooking gas, telephone, cable TV, and Internet services.

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When is rent due? On the first day of the month. No alternative arrangements will be made. Rent received after the 5th day of the month must include a predetermined late fee. Unfortunately, any lessee who has not paid rent by the 5th day will also be eligible for eviction proceedings. Please read your lease for more details.

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Do you rent private parking spaces or garages?Yes. However, we have more apartments than spaces, so there is a waiting list at certain seasons of the year. If a space is not available immediately, we can recommend a local parking garage that should be able to help you.  Parking fees will range between $75 and $100, depending on whether you rent a space or a garage. We do not provide snow removal. For more information, see our Parking Space or Garage Rental Agreement.

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How is the street parking?
 Even if you have a car, we recommend you use Public Transportation. If your hours are typical, meaning you get home by 6 or 7 pm, you will likely park right in front of your building. If you go out in the evening or return late at night, you might have to look around a little. The majority of our residents would probably not rent a parking space even if we offered one to them. It is not really necessary. Additionally, it is much cheaper to leave your car parked in front of our building all day than it is to pay daily parking fees downtown.

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Will you consider an applicant with a bad credit history?
 You'll have to convince us we won't be sorry. It depends. There may be other factors that will improve your eligibility such as steady employment, good references, unusual circumstances that may have created a temporary blip on an otherwise good credit history. We have a formal Tenant Screening Policy that might address any of your specific concerns.

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Do you permit leases with terms that are more or less than 12 months? Yes. It depends on the individual circumstances. We try to be accommodating.

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Is this building/area safe for walking around?
 The best thing you can do is just walk around and see for yourself. We cannot provide a recommendation about any particular neighborhood or building. This is Chicagoland. While we do our best to anticipate the safety needs of every resident, it is impossible to predict what events may or may not occur that are beyond the control of any property manager. Whenever someone moves to a new or unfamiliar neighborhood, it is always a good idea to take a walk around the area and measure your own level of comfort. Talk to your potential neighbors. They are most likely to give you an honest assessment. We live here with our family. We love it, especially the beach.  

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Is the rent on a new lease negotiable?
 Sorry, we just don't negotiate the rent.   Very, very rarely. If an apartment is a good value, it will likely go to either of the first one or two applicants. If one of our apartments were less desirable by virtue of size, view or other uncontrollable characteristic, we would have already adjusted the rent accordingly. If you want to shop around, please remember, we cannot hold an apartment without a deposit.

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Who handles apartment repairs and maintenance?
 We can fix anything, just call us.



We do. Whatever you need.  You may either fill out our Online Maintenance Service Request Form or call our office at 773-465-7500 and leave a message. Be sure to tell us your name, address with apartment number, telephone number(s) and a brief description of the necessary work. Don't forget to tell us about problems in common areas such as hallways or laundry rooms. If you need more than one or two repairs, you may also write a list and fax it to us at (773) 465-7755, from your work the next day, or drop it in our mailbox.

In case you were wondering... All of our courtyard gardens were designed and created by Amadeo.  He works very hard to maintain the beautiful landscapes we all enjoy. We are lucky to have him on our staff.  If you appreciate her work, don't hesitate to say so.
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Is the security deposit negotiable?
 

Only under some extraordinary circumstance might we consider accepting a security deposit that is less than one month's rent. Typically we require a deposit equal to one, or one and one-half month's rent. If a prospective tenant has a weak application, a larger deposit (except in Evanston) may save the day. If there is a way to balance a strength against a weakness, we will try to find an agreeable arrangement. It just depends.


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What about public transportation?
 It's much better than what you're used to.    Within a block or two of each apartment there is CTA Bus and Train service, RTA Busses, Commuter Trains and taxi stops. Bicycle and hiking paths are also nearby. Sometimes it is more difficult to find a parking space at your destination than to find one when you return home. You may discover that being so near to public transportation is a greater consideration than whether or not you can get a parking spot at 1am on a Saturday.

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Will I find adequate shopping?Yes. The shopping alternatives are excellent. There are several brand-new grocery and retail stores and hundreds of specialty shops of every imaginable variety and size.

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Is there a good selection of entertainment attractions?
 Do you like to tango? Yes. Within between 1 and 5 miles of each building, there are at least 50 movie screens and a dozen live stage theaters. There are museums for adults and children, parks, golf courses, nearly a dozen indoor recreational facilities, restaurants, several professional and college sporting teams and events, and of course, the beautiful Lake Michigan. If you like fishing...the lake is loaded.

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Can you discriminate against me for any reason?
It is a violation of the Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance (FHO REG. 420.100) to impose different prices, terms or conditions relating to the sale, rental or occupancy of a dwelling or to deny or limit services, privileges or facilities in connection with the sale, rental or occupancy of a dwelling because of the membership of the actual or prospective buyer renter, or tenant in one of the Protected Classes (see Reg. 100(26) above).

Prohibited actions under §5-8-030(A) of the FHO include, but are not limited to:

    Using different provisions in leases or contracts of sale, or in terms and conditions of occupancy including, but not limited to those relating to rental charges, sales price, security deposits, the terms of occupancy, down payments and closing requirements, based on a person's membership in a Protected Class;

  1. Failing to perform, delaying performance of, or otherwise discriminating in the maintenance or repairs of a person's dwelling based on that person's membership in a Protected Class;
  2. Failing to process a person's offer for the sale, purchase or rental of a dwelling or failing to communicate an offer accurately based on that person's membership in a Protected Class;
  3. Limiting the availability of privileges, services or facilities associated with a dwelling because of a person's membership in a Protected Class;
  4. Using different qualification criteria or applications, or different sale or rental standards or procedures, such as income standards, application requirements, application fees, credit analysis or sale or rental approval procedures or other requirements, because of a person's membership in a Protected Class;
  5. Denying or limiting a person's services or facilities in connection with the sale, rental or occupancy of a dwelling because that person failed or refused to provide sexual favors, see Reg. 420.170 below;
  6. Discriminating against a person in connection with a real estate-related transaction because of that person's membership in a Protected Class;
  7. Discharging or taking other adverse action against an employee, agent, broker or salesperson because he or she refused to participate in a discriminatory housing practice;
  8. Employing codes or other devices to segregate or reject a person because of his or her membership in a Protected Class;
  9. Refusing to deal with certain brokers or salespersons because they, or one or more of their clients, are members of a Protected Class; and
  10. Denying or delaying the processing of a sales offer or an application made by a person or refusing to approve a person for purchase of or occupancy in a dwelling because of that person's membership in Protected Class.

          See Lee Street Management's Equal Housing Opportunities Policy.

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Will you allow me to attach a satellite dish to the roof or to the side of the building?
 It makes the building look like hell.  We just don't allow it.    No. Your lease will only allow you the exclusive use of the inside of your apartment, not the outside or any of the common areas. Every apartment has optional high-speed fiber-optic Internet/cable access. This service provides worldwide access and should adequately cover your television viewing and computing needs. For a better understanding of Internet services please see our Glossary of Internet Terms.  For security reasons, it is our policy to immediately remove any private property that is attached to or stored in any common area. We regard such property as abandonded.

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Can I operate a business out of my apartment?
 As long as you don't disturb anyone. It depends. We will not permit any business that involves customer traffic, any form of inventory, physical labor, frequent deliveries, dangerous materials, disturbances or external signage. These restrictions however, will permit such enterprises as computer consulting, telephone-sales or nearly any form of individual professional enterprise.

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What if circumstances change and I need to move into a larger or smaller unit?
Are you sure you want to do this?  Moving is a lot of work and it's very expensive. No problem. If you are a good tenant, we will do everything we can to accommodate your needs. We will release you from any obligations under your old lease and create a new lease for the new unit beginning on the moving date.

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What if circumstances change and I must vacate the apartment prior to the expiration of my lease? No doubt, these are difficult economic times. We will release a tenant from their lease only if they suffer an unforeseen hardship or other significant change of circumstance and if they are able to find a suitable sublessee for their unit. Tenant is, at all times, responsible for continuity of rent flow through the duration of the lease term. Except for the slower winter months of November r through March, it is more likely than not that one of us will be able to find a sublessee for your apartment. It is our policy to seek financial judgments against any lessee who breaks a lease prior to the end of his term, resulting in a vacancy for that unit within the lease term.

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What if I just decide to buy a condo or a house before my lease expires? Well, we can't blame a tenant for wanting to become a property owner. Our position however, will remain pretty much the same as above. You should know that all financial institutions will take the current address shown on your credit report and mail a "Verification of Residency" form to the owner of that property. (Our name and address is provided to your lender by the Title Company via the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.) On that form we will state our determination to hold you responsible for the balance of your lease. It wouldn't take much more than an acknowledgement of your lease obligation to torpedo a mortgage loan application. This happened once.

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What rate of interest you will pay on my Security Deposit?

The rate of interest we must pay on your security deposit is determined by the City in which your apartment is located.

For Chicago the rates are:

Prior to July 1, 1997
5.000%
July 1, 1997  through  December 31, 1997
3.420%
1998  January 1 through December 31
3.380%
1999  January 1 through December 31
2.630%
2000  January 1 through December 31
2.710%
2001  January 1 through December 31
3.100%
2002  January 1 through December 31
0.830%
2003  January 1 through December 31
0.520%
2004  January 1 through December 31
0.420%
2005  January 1 through December 31
1.010%
2006  January 1 through December 31
1.710%
2007  January 1 through December 31
1.680%
2008  January 1 through December 31
1.260%
2009  January 1 through December 31
0.120%
2010  January 1 through December 31
0.073%
2011 January 1 through December 31
0.073%
2012  January 1 through December 31
0.057%
2013  January 1 through December 31
Determined by the

Chicago Department of Consumer Services

(312) 744-9401
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For Evanston, the rate of interest due on security deposits had been permanently fixed at 5%.  In 2002, the City Council approved an ordinance that will cause the Evanston rate to mirror the rate determined by the Chicago Department of Consumer Services. This new rate is effective beginning October 1, 2002.

We offer a variety of Security Deposit payment options such as an immediate rent credit, an equivalent increase in the dollar value of your Security Deposit, a direct cash payment, or an accumulated interest payment upon moveout.

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What is the minimum temperature that must be maintained in my apartment per City Ordinance?

For Chicago the heating season begins September 15th and ends May 31st.  The minimum temperature that must be maintained in each unit is:

65° between 7:30am and 8:30am
68° between 8:30am and 10:30pm
63° between 10:30pm and 7:30am

For Evanston the heating season has no fixed beginning or ending dates.  The minimum temperature that must be maintained in each unit is:

65° between 6:00am and 8:00am
68° between 8:00am and 10:00pm
60° between 10:00pm and 6:00am.

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Do you offer any moving assistance?
 There is no way we can move tenant's stuff. No. Each new resident is responsible for his own moving help and expense. This includes the inevitable few hours of waiting for the utility company to come and hook up the telephone or cable TV. We require that all moves must be done through the rear doors to the apartments and never through the front lobby doors.

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Why are Eastlake rents so much lower than rents for identical apartments in Evanston?
 Car driving from Evanston to Eastlake. Eastlake Terrace begins on the Chicago (south) side of Calvary Cemetery, which doubles as the border between Chicago and Evanston.

Unfortunately for Evanston residents, there is a significant difference between the Chicago and Evanston real estate property tax base. Evanston residents must bear the financial burden of an unusually large number of tax-free, tax-dependent or tax-exempt City-service-consuming organizationse and entities, such as:

  • Over one hundred religious institutions
  • Northwestern University and its hundreds of tax-exempt land-holdings
  • Over fifteen Foreign Consulates (none of which support the Evanston Community.)
  • Fourteen Missions and/or Shelters (attracting the needy from the entire Chicagoland area.)
  • Dozens of subsidized (educational and housing) facilities for the maintenance of mentally or physically handicapped persons (persons not necessarily of the Evanston community.)
  • Not-for-profit tax-exempt organizations (that do not necessarily support the Evanston community.)
  • Public housing projects and programs that attract and support poor from the entire Chicagoland area.
  • Forty-eight facilities offering subsidized Housing for the Aged (persons not necessarily of the Evanston community.)
  • A smorgasbord of other community services not equaled by any of the surrounding communities (but used by residents of surrounding communities.) A Park Ranger Service maintaining the public beaches used by, but it supported by, residents of all surrounding communities.
  • Substantial Crime and Gang activity requiring expensive law enforcement.
  • A Public School system that must support a very high child-per-household ratio (and the eastern one-third of Skokie students.)

To compound their operating expense burden, Evanston has a relatively tiny base of sales-tax generating retail operations. (Compared to such sales-tax generating behemoths as Skokie's Old Orchard Shopping Mall. or Lincolnwood's Lincoln Town Mall.)

In order to support these groups, Evanston's municipal real estate tax rate is nearly the highest in America. This sky-high tax rate adds a burden of several hundred dollars per month, per apartment, to rental rates there.

Evanston's municipal fees for water, sewer, electricity, telephone, cable TV and waste hauling, etc., are higher as well.

We have many residents who have moved from our Evanston buildings to our Eastlake buildings for that singular reason...they don't want to support services they don't need or use, with their hard-earned dollars.

In the few cases where our tenants have moved from one of our Chicago properties to one of our Evanston properties, they did express a preference for the public schools there. Lee Street Management however, cannot provide an opinion regarding the quality of public schools within either public school system.

Since Eastlake is the border between Evanston and Chicago, our Chicago-side tenants comment that they can take advantage of all the benefits and the atmosphere of Evanston, while letting the Evanston residents underwrite the (unnecessary to them) social programs. Best of all...on Eastlake, they can live right on the Beach.

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Should I buy renter's insurance? Yes. It's relatively inexpensive and it protects you from loss or damage to anything inside your residence. Our insurance will not cover losses from fires, tornadoes, theft, floods and so on. Homeowners usually buy homeowner's insurance. It follows that renter's should buy the same protections.

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Do you rent to students?
 Getting a Ph.D. in Western Civilization. Yes. We accept applications from students just as we accept applications from any other category of apartment seekers. The qualification criteria are the same.

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I'm considering a new roommate. Does Lee Street Management need to be involved? Yes we do, but only toward the end of the selection process. Finding a suitable roommate is a very serious undertaking. The change in your lifestyle will be dramatic, and it won't make any difference if the person is a stranger or a close friend. A wrong choice can be disastrous for you and for us. That is why our lease prohibits any additional person from moving into your apartment without express management approval. If you have a minute, please review a few suggestions we've prepared that we think might help you find a compatible Roommate.

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Can you answer specific questions about the Chicago or Evanston Landlord Tenant Ordinances?Yes. This website includes a FAQ Summary of the Chicago Landlord Tenant Ordinance and a FAQ Summary of the Evanston Landlord Tenant Ordinance. If you would prefer to form your own interpretation of these laws, you may read the verbatim text of either the CLTO - Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance, or the ELTO - Evanston Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance.

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