Searching for a new place in Chicago or nearby suburbs? Here are some sites you may want to try for a rental or apartment finding service:
News from the Reference Desk Category: Rent
RentSocial.com is a new website using social networking to search for an apartment. Similar to the consumer-reviewed site Yelp, users can leave remarks of buildings they currently or used to live in. You can also create your own RentSocial profile using your info from Facebook. The site gives an “activity feed,” where building owners, friends and neighbors can post messages. It’s all free of charge to users (the site makes money by charging building owners a monthly fee to be listed).
A number of state agencies have joined together to introduce a new website, ILHousingSearch.org, that is a free service to provide easy access to information about housing opportunities across the state of Illinois.
All property providers of rental housing can use this tool to advertise their properties free of charge and in great detail. Listings can include pictures, maps, and information about nearby amenities like libraries, parks, schools, and hospitals. Anyone can visit the website to search for available rental housing.
Prospective tenants are able to:
- Browse up-to-date listings of rental properties for FREE
- Search by location, rent amount, eligibility requirements and much more
- View property features, pictures and maps
- Determine the rent you can afford