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The Schirm Firm - Testimonials


We’re so grateful for these tenant testimonials for The Schirm Firm! (Stop by our office and see the notebooks full of complimentary letters like these!)

Such great landlords!

It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been more than eight years since I moved into my studio…! It’s been a great place to live, and one of the reasons why I’ve stayed so long is that you folks have been such great landlords… Thanks for running such a great business! I’ve always appreciated the “family” feel of renting from [you], and I’ll continue to recommend you to anyone I come across who is looking for a great company to rent from. It’s with some sadness that I’ll be leaving; I’ve really enjoyed living here!

Ellie K.

Responsible & sensitive to tenant’s needs

Dear KLC Management,

On the behalf of myself and the rest of the residents in your Argyle Street building, I just wanted to express my gratitude towards you for enrolling in a recycling program and obtaining bins for us to place our recyclables in. As one who used to have to drive to the recycling center to deposit my recyclables, I found it to be very convenient as well. I would also consider the program to be an instant success based on the fact that both bins were completely filled within three days of placing them in our outside common area. I also found your gesture to be very responsible and sensitive to your tenant’s needs, which are two qualities that are very rare to find in landlords.

Thanks again.

Bill K.

We LOVE our apartment

1st Chicago Apartment Rentals is also called The Schirm Firm. My husband and I have rented from them for a few years now. … Our building manager, Branco, is extremely responsive and very nice. Branco keeps the grass and landscaping looking beautiful. During the winter, he’s on top of the snow removal and putting down a lot of salt to prevent ice. He puts up notices when they are going to do their quarterly pest checks or annual water heater cleanings or any other kind of building service. He’ll even help put in your A/C, if needed. We LOVE our apartment and Branco. The price is extremely affordable and in a great neighborhood (Ravenswood).

… I would recommend 1st Chicago Apartment Rentals to anyone.

Natalie V. and Brandon F.

I couldn’t have been more pleased

I was referred to the Schirm Firm by a coworker who had previously rented from them & I couldn’t have been more pleased with my apartment, the building engineers & with my interactions with management. They were always working on the building so it was immaculate and very comfortable to live in. And their responsiveness to any issue was incredibly fast & efficient. If I had not bought a house, I would still be renting from them.

Anna W.

I feel like a VIP

Please pass along to [building engineer] Lubo and whoever else on staff assisted with the snow removal around the building, that they did an AWESOME job! I didn’t think I’d be able to do laundry for a week, but the snow was gone from the back porch area by yesterday afternoon, as was the huge snowdrift in front of the front door! The sidewalk was shoveled and the ice was removed from it as well. I feel like a VIP walking up to my apartment, especially considering what the other buildings look like. Kudos to Lubo and the rest of the staff!

Alicia and Marc Miller

Beautiful and meticulously maintained

Just wanted to let you know what a pleasure it is renting from you. I have lived in Chicago for over five years and have never enjoyed an apartment more… The building is beautiful and meticulously maintained by the janitor and his wife… Thank you for being such great landlords.

Barb C.

Such wonderful landlords

Thank you… for being such wonderful landlords throughout the past years. I have always appreciated the excellent upkeep on the building and your prompt attention to any problems. Friends visiting my apartment would often comment on the neatness and quietness of the building and its pretty landscaping and well-cared for lawn. I hope to find such a nice, quiet and safe apartment in New Mexico. I hope, too, that the owners will be as friendly and professional as all of you are. Thanks.

Karen C.

A pleasure to rent from you

I have enjoyed living [in your building] very much. If I were not moving out of state, I would certainly never leave my lovely apartment. You and your family and staff have been very kind to me and it certainly has been a pleasure to rent from you. In particular, I would like to compliment the janitor. He has always been there whenever there was a problem and I have always appreciated his conscientiousness.

Marianne W.

Finest rental properties in the city

I would like to take the time to thank you for the wonderful year I spent while a resident at your building… I would like to assure you that if I ever return to the city, you will be the first family of property management which I will consider… as far as I am concerned, [your business] operates and maintains some of the finest rental properties in the city, and, for that, you deserve a compliment… Once again, thank you for a truly wonderful year.

Stephen V.

By FAR the best rental place… in Chicago

Please let me add how much I have enjoyed my time here. It is by FAR the best rental place I have lived in [in] Chicago for the past 20 years. People are wonderful, the building is well-maintained, service is prompt and courteous and janitorial duties are consistent and high quality. Many friends visiting have remarked on how beautiful the landscaping is during the spring and summer. And it is! It has been a pleasure.

Richard G.

Thank you for providing a lovely home

It has been an interesting experience living in your building! I have always felt safe, the apartment was warm and your family and staff have been wonderful. [The janitor] is an exceptional maintenance man! … Thank you for providing a lovely home for me the last two years. It has been my pleasure doing business with you. I have told everyone I know this is the only apartment I have ever lived in where the owner is conscientious and professional. I wish you and your family a peaceful and successful life.

Tori R.

You maintain excellent high standards

I just want to thank everybody there for providing the comfortable, clean and reasonably priced accommodations for me… You maintain excellent high standards of maintenance and [the] upkeep of your buildings both within and outside on the grounds as well. I hope you continue to keep such high standards—it is much appreciated! Thank you for two good years! I would not hesitate to call you again!

Katie W.

The most prompt service and well maintained

As (2) year tenants in the building, I would like to thank everyone… and, of course, the janitor, for all the up keeping, cleanliness and well kept maintenance of the building. Of all the apartments I’ve seen or rented, yours was the most prompt service and well maintained building. Thank you so much for everything!

Merry Jean S.

By far the nicest building I’ve ever lived in

I’m looking forward to another year in your building. It’s by far the nicest building I’ve ever lived in and I know that’s due to its excellent management. In fact, I’ve been so pleased that I’ve recommended you to a very good friend of mine.

Patrick M.

You are rare landlords!

Thank you for being attentive to your tenants and for taking such good care of the property (especially the lovely flowerbeds). You are rare landlords!

Terry S.

You have been wonderful landlords

I regret that I will not remain in my apartment. This is by no means because I am unhappy with the building, or your services as landlord. In fact, my current apartment is by far the best since I moved to Chicago. I am not [renewing] because I am moving to Budapest, Hungary to begin a business consulting service… When I return to the United States, I would very much like to move back into one of your buildings if space is available… You have been wonderful landlords, and I appreciate the quality of your property management.

Mark F.

You’re all first rate!

Thanks again and I wanted to tell you once more how sad we were to be leaving your management company. You’re all first rate!

Mark I.

I would not hesitate to refer friends

I’ve truly enjoyed having you for landlords these past eight years (!), and I’ve loved my little apartment. I would not hesitate to refer any apartment-hunting friends to you.

Ellen S.

It only took us days to feel at home

As we renew our lease for the coming year, we’d like to thank you for making our first year… so enjoyable. It only took us days to feel at home in our new building. We appreciate the care and concern you show for the building and its tenants.

Denise E.

A wonderful place to call home

Thanks for keeping our apartment a wonderful place to call home. We really appreciate the details that went into making the apartment look nice. Good luck in the future.

Matt and Katie S.

It’s been a pleasure living in your building

Thanks… for these three years of your good service to us. It’s been a pleasure living in your building, and we’ll treasure the memories of our lives here…

Ted S.

The apartment has truly become “home”

Just a note to say how happy we were/are to have received our new lease. The apartment has truly become “home.”

Monroe M. and Janet E.

Lovely apartment

Thanks for the continual present of our lovely apartment.

Steven and Claire L.

It feel[s] like home here

Great job [the janitor] is doing [at the building]. He’s the best!! The grounds always look beautiful—He makes it feel like home here.

Rebeca and Mike K.

Best company I’ve dealt with

I have enjoyed my year [with you] very much. This is the best apartment I’ve lived in and the best company I’ve dealt with.

Janet O.

Beautiful flowers

Thanks for planting the flowers in front of the building; they’re beautiful!

Laura Z.

We could always count on you

In this day and age it’s rare to come across helpful and considerate people such as yourself and everyone who works with you… In the two years that we lived [in your building], we knew we could always count on [your office] and on [the janitor] to come through for us.

Hiram G.

Flowers look great

I appreciate all the flowers planted and kept up around the building. They look great!

Janet B.

Professionalism and personal approach

I would like to add that I have been quite happy living in your building these several years and wish to compliment you not only on your professionalism but personal approach.

Calvin F.

Looking forward to staying for many years

Thank you for renewing my lease so promptly. I am very happy in the building and will be looking forward to staying for many years.

Cari A.

Delighted with everything about our apartment

As always, we are delighted with everything about our apartment, and appreciate all that you put into the property.

Teresa M.

Gone to great lengths for me

Thank you for all your help this year! [You have all] gone to great lengths for me and I wanted to let you know I really appreciate it!!

Nancy H.

I really enjoyed the apartment

I really enjoyed the apartment—you were wonderful landlords.

Dean R.

I have enjoyed my residence in this building

I have enjoyed my residence in this building and have been very happy with your management and with the work of [the janitor]. If I should return to Chicago I would hope to be considered as your tenant in this or another building!

Andrew L.

Your family and staff made me feel cared about!

I have lived in several of your beautiful apartments and as I move out of state, just want to thank you for having provided me with excellent customer service over the many years! Your family and staff made me feel cared about! When I would interact with anyone at the office, they were always friendly and extremely helpful! Things were addressed very quickly and in a professional manner. I didn’t experience that with other management companies I rented from. I have recommended you to everyone I know looking for an apartment! Many thanks for 10 great years! I will miss all of you!

Therese L.

Happy to be part of your “family”!

When I first rented with you, I figured a family business might give better attention to tenants/property than big brand companies. I was right! You are always easy to get in touch with and fix things really quickly! The maintenance man takes great care of everything! I am happy to be part of your “family”! Thanks!

Dan J.

SO happy in our very first home!

We are SO happy in our very first home! Thank you for making one thing less stressful during the wedding planning! Everyone was so helpful—we truly appreciate how easy you made finding and moving into our apartment. We are excited to begin our new life in our beautiful apartment!

Mary S.

You take an interest in [residents]

I wanted to compliment your family, the office staff and maintenance man, on how well you keep up the building and take an interest in the people who live in your buildings. It is not that common and I thought it deserves recognition!

Malcolm K.