Renter Move in Check List

1. Set Up Rent Payments
2. For Condo Units: Schedule Elevators and Be Added to the Intercom
3. Schedule a Time to Pick Up Keys
4. Transfer Utilities
5. Complete Move-In Condition Report

1. Set Up Rent Payments

For other rent payment options, including online rent payments and mailing rent checks, click here.

2. For Condo Units: Schedule Elevators and Be Added to the Intercom
If you are moving into a condominium unit (rather than an apartment building), you will need to contact the building’s management office to coordinate your actual move. In condominium buildings, Owl Management only manages your individual unit, not the entire building.

To schedule the use of elevators for moving in, to have your name programmed into the intercom, to gain permission to enter with the doorman, etc., you need to contact the building management. You can typically find management office contact information by searching the internet for the management office for the street address of your building. For example, search for “condominium association management contact information, 1234 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago.”

Elevators for moving in nearly always need to be reserved in advance, and the available time slots can fill up fast. Be sure to schedule this as soon as possible.

3. Schedule a Time to Pick Up Keys
You need to schedule a time to pick up keys from your leasing agent or Owl Management. It works best to schedule a week in advance, rather than calling us when you are in the moving truck! The more notice you give us, the more likely we can be available right when you need us.

4. Transfer Utilities
Any utilities that you are responsible for paying (according to your lease) need to be switched over to your name within 10 days of taking possession of the unit. Otherwise you risk that they will be turned off. You can find the websites for the local utility companies in the utilities section of our Resident Resources.

5. Complete Move-In Condition Report
Within 48 hours of moving in, be sure to complete a Unit Condition Report, noting any damages you find in the unit when you move in. This will help you avoid being charged for repairs of any pre-existing damages when you move out. You can fill it out here.

If you have questions about parking stickers, public transit, pet registration and other information for Chicago residents, see our Resident Resources.