Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about our apartments for rent in Oak Park, Chicago, River Forest & Forest Park. Don’t see your question listed below? Contact us, or call (833) 896-9936 to speak with a leasing agent.
Q: How is the COVID-19 pandemic impacting leasing?
We are available to tour apartments in person Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM by appointment only. We are also available Saturday from 10AM-4PM by appointment only. If you would like to request an evening tour please contact our leasing office at (833)-896-9936 or email us at [email protected] and we will get back to you. At this point we will not be accommodating walk-ins. If you are interested in viewing an occupied apartment, we ask that you give us advance notice so we can ensure a safe viewing of the apartment with the current tenant. If you are unable to attend an in-person tour we should be able to provide photos, floor plans, and virtual tours. All applications are done online and all leases are signed online. Anyone going on a tour will have to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing rules. At this point we must limit tours to interested parties only. Please do not bring family or friends to your tour unless they plan on living in the unit with you.
Our Open Houses have been suspended as we can not accommodate large crowds.
Q: How soon should I start looking for an apartment?
A: We receive our new apartment listings 60-75 days in advance, and we recommend that you begin your apartment search no more than 60 days before your move-in date to choose from the widest selection. However, we usually have listings to accommodate quick move-ins. Please review our application requirements.
Q: How do I schedule an appointment?
Q: How many buildings do you have?
A: Oak Park Apartments owns more than 70 apartment buildings in Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park and Chicago.
Q: What do the buildings look like?
A: Most of our apartment buildings are historic courtyard walk-ups, many of which were designed by renowned architects and all of which have updated interior spaces, including kitchens, bathrooms and flooring. We also have a few more modern buildings.
Q: Are pets allowed?
A: Yes, we are pleased to offer Pet-Friendly Apartments! We allow one dog and up to two cats in our all of our apartments. There is a $10 monthly pet fee per apartment for cats, $20 per month for a dog, and $25 for a cat/dog Combination. We do not accept the following dog breeds at this time: Pit Bull, Doberman, Rottweiler, American Staffordshire Terrier, or any Wolf Hybrid. We do not accept ferrets. We do accept most lizards, fish and other small mammals. Please see our pet policy for additional information.
Q: How can I apply for an apartment?
Q: Is there a security deposit?
A: The security deposit for Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park apartments is equal to 1.5 times the monthly rent. Chicago apartments require a $300.00 non-refundable move-in fee.
Q: Is there an application fee?
A: There is a $50.00 non-refundable application fee. The online application accepts checks and credit cards. Applying online will require you to put down $300 for earnest money. This payment will be applied to your security deposit or move-in fee.
Q: How long does it take to process an application?
A: It typically takes between 24-48 hours to fully process an application after all information has been provided by the applicant. A leasing agent will contact you with the results as soon as possible. Failure to include all application information or cooperation from your verification references in a timely manner may delay the process and result in loss of the apartment.
Q: Will my application be approved if I have a good salary, but my credit is bad?
A: We are looking for good credit from all of our applicants. We require a minimum credit score of 600 to be considered for an apartment. All credit scores below 600 will automatically be declined. Credit scores over 600 do not guarantee acceptance.
Q: If my credit and income do not meet the requirements, can I just pay more upfront?
A: We do not accept extra or early payment in lieu of meeting the acceptance requirements.
Q: Can I have a co-signer on my lease?
A: We do not allow co-signers on any of our leases.
Q: How soon do I have to sign my lease after receiving it?
A: We ask that you sign your lease within 5 days of application approval. Failure to do so will result in forfeit of the $300.00 earnest money deposit and loss of the apartment. You may view a sample lease prior to putting down your earnest money.
Q: How can I pay my rent?
A: You have three options for paying your rent:
- Pay online through the tenant portal
- Leave your check in the secure lockbox outside of our management office, located at 41 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park
- Mail a check to our management office
Q: Can I smoke in my apartment?
A: Smoking is not allowed on any of our properties.
Q: How many people can live in an apartment?
A: The occupancy rate is determined in accordance with village or city regulations, typically two occupants per one-bedroom apartment. Occupancy rates may vary.
Q: Do you have short-term leases?
A: We offer only 12-month leases. All of our renewal offers will also be for 12 month periods.
Q: Is laundry included?
A: Most of our buildings have coin-operated or mobile phone-operated laundry machines in the basements. Some apartments include in-unit laundry. Please check our apartment listings for more details.
Q: Is there parking available?
A: Parking is available at some of our units for an additional monthly fee. Check our apartment listings for additional information. Otherwise you will need to contact the village or city for street parking permits.
Q: What is due before move-in?
A: The first month’s rent and the security deposit in the form of certified funds. If your move-in date is within the final 10 days of the month, rent for the next month will also be required. The security deposit is a separate charge from rent. Pet and parking fees will also be charged, if applicable.
Q: Are any of the apartments furnished?
A: Our apartments are unfurnished, but we have a partnership with a furniture rental company.
Q: How can I find a mover?
A: We recommend using Move Matcher to receive and compare quotes from Oak Park movers.
Q: When is rent due? Can I pay after that?
A: Rent is always due on the first day of the month. Any payment after that is considered late and will be subject to a late fee. Tenants who pay rent late should not expect an offer for renewal. If rent is not paid on time, a tenant may be at risk of being sent to court.