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Rent Ready Requirements

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

In order to comply with the Implied Warranty of Habitability in Illinois, Illinois judicial law, and Landmark Property Managements standards, the below items must be completed before we will advertise and rent a property.

Full Rent-Ready Requirements

In order to comply with both internal and state rental housing requirements,including the Implied Warranty of Habitability in Illinois, 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. Color scheme must be neutral and renter friendly. 
  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. Carbon monoxide detectors installed within 15 feet of each bedroom. ONLY wall mounted, NO plug-in units.
  12. Smoke detector on each floor
  13. Smoke detector in each bedroom
  14. All light bulbs working
  15. Doors open & close smoothly and doorstops installed on all doors
  16. Bathroom caulking must be fresh and free of any mildew
  17. All mechanical components working as designed. Includes HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems, kitchen appliances, overhead garage doors, laundry appliances, sump pumps, water softeners, sprinkler systems, swamp coolers, gas fireplaces, water filtration systems, etc.
  18. Safety railings secure
  19. Exterior window wells require covers
  20. 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.
  21. Any and all trip hazards must be remedied so that the unit is deemed habitable
  22. Owner must provide 3 full sets of working keys to their home / unit. Including any applicable mail box, garage, and additional amenity / storage room keys. (1 master set, 2 sets to provide to new resident)


  1. All windows in bedrooms and living areas (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 make-ready required item, but it does list some of the most important and often overlooked.