They made it seem like I would be shown several places and then allowed to decide, but what really happened was they robbed me. They explained the service, collected an escrow of $665 (to get the ball rolling) which was every penny I could muster at the moment, and had me fill out the paper work. When I decided on an apartment it would be applied to the security deposit.
When going over the area map the agent had me circle the areas I was interested in looking at. I circled only WEST rogers park chicago. I had heard bad things about east rogers park. He insisted that I look into East as I may be "limiting my options." He circled it and asked me to initial. IT was rushed because a driver was waiting. I was excited about finally getting a place so I obliged.
We went to the area and quickly I realized we were going right to the hood. The building we went to first was okay but when viewing the unit the were signes of forced entry, the back door frame was pried away and I wasnt cool with the area. When we went to the next place it was just up the block. I asked if we were going to WEST ROGERS PARK and she explained we were only booked for 2 showings. I assumed that we would see more another day, I would later find out that was never the case. When we got to the next building my heart sank. It was all section 8, the carpet in the entrance smelled so bad I was getting sick. the unit was filthy too, I saw roaches and garbage piled in corners. I was not moving there...
That night I drove passed the buildings on my own accord and discovered the police blocking off one intersection from a shooting and near the other building someone rushed my car and I had to gun it to get away.
When I talked to them the next business day the tone had changed and basically I was told that since they found 2 units that met my "criteria" (heat/gas included max of $650 in Rogers Park) that I was obligated to select one. I asked if we could please just look in West RP and he said "it's gonna cost you.." It turns out that it cost me just about EVERYTHING I put down. Now I am homeless and have to scrape up rent and a security deposit again. This is the shadiest, nasty, crooked business transaction I have ever made. I sincerely pray that people read this and think twice before plopping down hard earned cash in the hands of this so called service. I wouldn't recommend My Place Apartments / Shaw Real Estate Group to even my worst enemy.