Category: Landlords

What to Do if You Have a Hard Time Finding a Place to Live Due to Your Criminal Record

Searching for a place to live when you have a criminal record can be challenging. Landlords and property managers often run background checks and may hesitate to rent to those with a criminal history. But don’t worry, this guide is designed to help you navigate this difficult situation, with specific advice for individuals in Illinois seeking to expunge or seal their criminal record.

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Why Do Landlords Run Background Checks, and What Will They See On Yours?

If you’re like many people, you know that when you apply for a new place to live, the landlord is probably going to run a background check on you. But if they do that, will they be able to see old arrests, charges and convictions? What else will they see? This guide explains the following:

  1. What is a background check, and why do landlords run them on prospective tenants?
  2. What
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What Happens When a Landlord Sees Your Criminal Record?

If you’re like many people, you don’t want a prospective landlord to see that you have a criminal record – even if you’ve only been arrested but never charged with a crime (or even if you were charged, but you were never convicted). There’s a good reason many people are concerned about a prospective landlord seeing a criminal record, too; the record may influence the landlord to pass up your Read More


Can Landlords See Criminal Records in Illinois?

If you’re looking for a place to live in or around Chicago and you have a rap sheet, you might want to think about having your criminal record expunged or sealed

That’s because landlords are allowed to pull up your criminal background when they’re considering potential renters – and they’re legally allowed to tell you that you can’t rent from them. If you’re applying for Chicago public housing through the Read More