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Getting Your Property Rent Ready

“The quality of a property is directly proportional to the quality of tenant it will attract.”

We are commited to providing safe, clean, and properly maintained homes to our residents.

In order to comply with the Illinois Warranty of Habitability Standards and Your Place Property Management standards, the below items must be completed before we will advertise and rent a property:

  • Property professionally cleaned and free of trash and debris, inside and outside.
  • All mechanical elements, including appliances, working as designed.
  • Caulking in kitchen and bathrooms shall be clean and free of mildew.
  • Doors and locks all functioning properly.
  • Windows must open, close and lock properly and wind screens must be in good condition.

Full Rent Ready Requirements

In order to comply with both internal and state rental housing requirements, including the Illinois Warranty of Habitability Standards, every property must meet the below list in order to be fully advertised and be ‘Rent Ready’.


  1. Professionally cleaned to ‘Hotel Room Clean’.
  2. Carpet professionally cleaned and looking fresh.
  3. All painted surfaces fresh with no mis-match touch-up areas and repainting must be done corner to corner.
  4. All bedroom windows must have vertical or mini-blinds.
  5. No personal property or items in the unit. This includes furniture, knickknacks, toiletries, shower curtains, Kleenex boxes, kitchen or bathroom items, soap dispenser, pictures, etc.
  6. No lawn equipment including mowers, tools, etc.
  7. Garage floor swept.
  8. No exterior debris.
  9. Lawn cut and trimmed.
  10. Landscaping fresh and clean.
  11. Working, sealed battery (hardwire or battery only), smoke and/or CO2 detectors installed as designed and per county code.
  12. Back sliding door must have vertical blinds.
  13. All light bulbs working.
  14. Doors open & close smoothly and doorstops installed on all doors.
  15. Bathroom caulking must be fresh and free of any mildew.
  16. All mechanical components working as designed. Includes HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems, kitchen appliances, laundry appliances, sump pumps, water softeners, sprinkler systems, swamp coolers, gas fireplaces, water filtration systems, etc.
  17. Safety railings secure.
  18. Exterior window wells require covers.
  19. Wood-burning fireplace(s), if operational, shall be clean of any debris and have a fireplace screen or heat-proof glass doors installed. If non-operational, the fireplace opening on the interior of the home shall be permanently sealed with an aesthetically pleasing material.


  1. All windows (except basement windows) should have vertical or mini blinds.
  2. No draperies on windows.
  3. All windows should have screens.

This list is not meant to cover each and every make-ready required item, but it does list some of the most important and often overlooked items.

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