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Finding a place to live, especially for the first time, can be daunting and overwhelming, particularly for those who are in unstable situations. In this section you will find information that every apartment hunter will find helpful, including: how to search for a place; how to build a productive relationship with your landlord; how to prepare your home; increasing your success as a tenant; and what to do when it is time to move out.

There are perks to finding your own apartment or home – increased freedom and privacy, safety and stability; and a platform for you to work on other goals such as education or employment.

Need help or want to know more?

The Illinois Housing Handbook, available in English and en español, provides a wealth of information to help make obtaining and maintaining housing easier and less confusing, especially for first-time renters.