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CHICAGO, IL – At Lumity’s annual dinner and networking event Tuesday, Lumity and Accenture presented Metropolitan Tenants Organization with the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Leadership Award for its development of the Squared Away Chicago App.  Lumity is a Chicago nonprofit consulting organization that annually recognizes innovative nonprofit projects.

Squared Away Chicago is a web based rental app for mobile phones.  The app uses mobile technology to make it easy for renters and landlords to report and follow-up on rental issues. MTO finds that the biggest obstacle facing tenants and landlords is a lack of communication and documentation. The app lets users upload photos and sample template letters to document issues and create a lasting timeline of evidence that’s instantly accessible to the tenant and landlord! Users receive regular tips and best practices on being good tenants/landlords. Our app puts the law in the palm of your hand. Our free web-app is accessible through a URL, no download necessary. Renters can use www.squaredawaychicago.com to:

·     Accurately report issues to your landlord

·      Document problems with photo evidence

·      Track each issue for future follow-up

·      Learn about/exercise your rights as a


More than 250 landlords and tenants have already signed up to use the app.  Ali Lueder a tenant in Chicago’s Edgewater community says “Thanks to your site, I felt really informed and confident – and recovered my entire security deposit. Thanks for helping us be aware of our rights!”  We hope others will join the ranks of Chicago tenants who have successfully protected their homes using Squared Away Chicago, and sign up today!

About the Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO):

MTO is the largest renter organizing group in Chicago.  A membership organization, the MTO’s mission is to educate, organize and empower tenants to have a voice in the decisions that affect the affordability and availability of safe, decent and accessible housing.  MTO was instrumental in helping to pass the Chicago Residential and Landlord Tenant Ordinance which went into effect on November 6, 1986.

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