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This office serves clients in real estate transactions of all types. I
also assist clients with estate planning for everyone, including the GLBT community, and represent Illinois condominium associations
as needed. I help real estate investors who are renting their properties deal with difficult renter issues, and I advocate
for renters dealing with difficult landlords.
I work with clients in Chicago and all over the Chicagoland area, including
Wilmette, Skokie, Morton Grove, Plainfield, Wheaton, Glencoe, Lake Forest, Naperville, Oak Park, Winnetka, Des Plaines, Orland
Park, Berwyn, Carol Stream, Arlington Heights, Crystal Lake, Barrington, Palatine, Park Ridge, Gurnee, South Holland, Park
Forest and more.
My goal is to give
each and every client personal, friendly and competent service at a reasonable price. I also strive to use technology in the
best way possible to keep my clients informed.
My legal background includes working for a major Chicago developer and working for a boutique
firm in their real estate division. I am also a landlord of a three flat building in Rogers Park and I am managing broker
of a small real estate brokerage.
I work with all different types of clients, including developers, first-time buyers, buyers of second
(or third!) homes, all sellers and the LGBTQ community.
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Friday, December 6, 2013
Chicago Bed Bug Ordinance Taking Effect This Month
4:31 pm cst
The City of Chicago has recently been named
the nation’s #1 city infested with bed bugs.
This summer, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance aimed at putting an end to the spread of bed bugs
which will go into effect on December 23, 2013.
The key Landlord responsibilities are as follows:
- To supply a tenant starting or renewing a lease with an informational brochure
- To maintain a written record of bed bug control efforts
- To send a written
notice to the tenant explaining their responsibilities before the inspection
- To provide
pest control services when bed bugs are found by a pest management professional as many times as necessary to eliminate the
- To inspect within 10 days and treat if necessary the
two units on either side as well as the two units above and below of the infested unit
Tenants also have responsibilities:
- To notify the landlord in writing of any
suspected or known infestation in the tenants’ unit, clothing, furniture or personal property within 5
- To notify the landlord in writing of any recurring or unexplained bites,
stings or sores suspected to be caused by bed bugs
- To cooperate with the landlord in
the control, treatment, and eradication of bed bugs including
- To grant access at reasonable
times upon reasonable notice for inspections and treatments/to not interfere
- To prepare
unit prior to treatment including: cleaning, dusting, vacuuming
- To properly dispose
of personal property that cannot be treated or cleaned before the pest control services
The Chicago Bed Bug Ordinance also mandates the disposal
of bedding, clothing, furnishings or other infested materials. For example, you may not place, discard or dispose
of any bedding, clothing or furnishings infested on the public way (i.e. dumpsters, sidewalks, hallways). To get rid
of infested items, you must enclose the item in a plastic bag and label it as infested. Doing so should prevent neighbors
from bringing to their home infested items, therefore stalling the spread of bed bugs.
Please note that this section of the ordinance does not apply to tenants
living in assisted living or a shared housing establishment, when the establishment provides assistance with daily living
will be enforced by the Department of Buildings and the Department of Public Health. If any person is found violating
the ordinance, that person may be fined $300.00 to $1,000 per day for each offense. By
complying with the ordinance, these fees can be avoided. The full ordinance can be found at www.cityofchicago.org. You can make a request for a City inspector here.