How to know if landlord is the real landlord?

I’m planning on getting an apartment in the Near West side of Chicago. I know there have been a lot of scams going on as of late, so I was wondering if there was a way to check if the landlord is the actual person who owns the land and/or apartment. Is there anyway of finding this out? How do I go about finding out if the person I’m signing an agreement with and giving the deposit to is the real landlord?

By | 2013-08-26T09:23:16+00:00 August 26th, 2013|Mortgages Home Loans Interest Rate|3 Comments

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  1. VampireDog August 26, 2013 at 10:45 AM - Reply

    Sometimes the person you are renting from is a property manager. And this person will not have access to a deed.

  2. Gui G August 26, 2013 at 10:14 AM - Reply

    Each parcel of land is registered with the county at least. Each county has a Register (or name like that), whose job is to keep track of who owns what. Or sometimes what is usually the same: What is owned by whom. Authorities keep this registry for two reasons (and sometimes it is two different offices): 1. to collect real estate taxes, and 2. to help property title and mortgages and other liens.

    So, yes. You can check if you have the address. Nowadays, you can check for ownership online. you can start googling the key words in your question or this answer and you’ll get the info. With the address, look for the Block and Lot numbers for the property. With that, you get the deed. The deed -or info taken from it- will tell you who is the owner.

    You can also call the County and ask for the address of the records office. Then you go there and get it (if you don’t want to use internet). Good luck.

  3. doncrisp99 August 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM - Reply

    This is simple. Have the so-called landlord present documentation to prove he/she is the owner, like a deed.

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