Welcome to our Rental Services page!

Debra Dobbs | Realtor
DEBRA DOBBS
Call: (312) 307-4909
debra@debradobbs.com
Katye Penkova | Realtor
KATE PENKOVA
Call: (773) 208-2528
kate@debradobbs.com

Chicago is a city with seventy-seven different neighborhoods and countless rental options. Today, even with the most advanced digital/mobile search applications, an agent can be a key team member to assist in finding that ideal property in such vast landscape. We have the realty experience and the client service know-how to ensure the process is not only one that is seamless, but one that is positive.

We gather your preferences and create a search based on that criteria, narrowing down the seemingly endless options to a select group, of only the most fitting listings. Once you are successfully matched with their ideal home, we will negotiate on your behalf, to ensure you are getting the most out of your rental experience.

As your personal apartment realtors we are dedicated to finding you that perfect place that you can call home for years to come!

  • “Debra Dobbs helped my roommates and I find a 4 bedroom rental in Lincoln Park last summer. I literally could not have asked for a better experience and recommend her fully to all of my friends and family. No one else makes finding a house easier, or more fun.” PETER MAROS – Renter
  • ““Working with Debra Dobbs Realty has been a wonderful experience!” ANDI HOWELL – Renter
  • “At every turn, the team did anything they could to help us out, and always went above and beyond the call of duty. If you need a real estate, talk to Debra. We will work with them again for sure.” BOB RYBARCZYK – Renter
  • “After becoming overwhelmed with trying to find a place to rent in Chicago, I reached out to Debra Dobbs Realty. Debra’s team worked continuously with the broker to make sure that everything went as smoothly as it could. I will definitely reach out again in the future.” TREVOR PRILL – Renter
  • ” I appreciated the down-to-earth approach in what could be an overwhelming city market!” JAZMYN LOPEZ – Renter

Q&A

Do you have questions about the rental process? Call or email us anytime! Here are some frequently asked questions, and answers based upon many years of experience helping clients find a fantastic apartment:

&Q: Why should I choose an apartment realtor?
A: As your personal agent, I can provide a thorough client-centered experience with thoughtful attention to detail. We are truly passionate about what we do and go well beyond the basics.

&Q: Do I need a real estate agent when renting?
A: As a renter, there are no requirements regarding working with a broker or navigating the market on your own. However, working with a top level agent will ensure you get the best price and deal terms. Our project checklist for the rental process includes forty-five (yes, forty-five!) items. From start to finish, it includes the viewing of properties to signing the lease. We take great care in helping you to complete an application that is pitch perfect, ensuring your application is accepted straight away and thus, your spot is reserved.
We will also compile all the necessary documents for the client with the cover page, lease and appropriate recycling disclosure. The recycling disclosure is newly implemented as of January 2018.

&Q: Do I have to pay my rental agent?
A: Typically, an agent is paid by the landlord or leasing office. The agents on either side of the deal will split the commission. In a situation where the landlord does not have an agent he or she will generally pay the tenant’s realtor one half of one month’s rent as commission.

&Q: How many upfront costs will I pay for renting?
A: In general, a tenant in Chicago will pay an application fee (ranging from $50 to $200), first month rent, and one month security deposit. Some landlords charge an extra deposit for pets and for additional occupants. Often times, these terms are negotiated by the agent on behalf of the renter (We, of course help with this!)

Ready to make the move? Let’s find your dream home!

Chicago Rental Forms
Rental Forms – Cover Page

Cover Page
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or download here
Rental Forms – Chicago Residential Lease

Chicago Residential Lease
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or download here
Rental Forms – Recycling Program

Recycling Program
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or download here
Rental Forms – Recycling 5plus

Recycling Program (5+)
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or download here
The residential lease should ​be completed in its entirety. The first four pages require completion and signature. As your agent, we encourage our renters to fill our these pages to the best of their ability and we will review line by line so it is ready for signature. We are happy to walk you through the process as well as to negotiate on your behalf. Following the fourth page thru page twenty five, you will find a bedbug prevention, lead and radon pamphlets and a landlord tenant ordinance. These are to be read carefully, but do not necessarily pertain to your specific rental. Regardless it is in every renters best interest to know their rights and health securities and we will help you through it all.