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Effort to rezone of Sioux Falls farmstead put on hold
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls developer is putting on hold its plans to build a large apartment complex on the site of a century-old urban farmstead. Lloyd Companies earlier this year asked the city to rezone the Lacey Estate property to make way for an apartment complex ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Real estate South Dakota Urban planning House Apartment Property Renting Management
Airbnb apologizes for racism complaints
Airbnb apologized for its slow response to accusations of racism and outlined new policies to combat the problem        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Discrimination Eric Holder Racism Copyright Civil liberties All rights reserved Renting Policy
Airbnb apologizes for racism complaints, outlines changes
Airbnb on Thursday apologized for its slow response to accusations of racism and outlined new policies to combat the problem, including reducing the prominence of photos in the booking process.
15 points by The Denver Post | Discrimination Eric Holder Civil liberties Racism Renting Policy Holiday Racial discrimination
Vanbarton lines up big Grand Central play
The Art Deco office building at 292 Madison Ave. is in contract to be purchased by the Vanbarton Group for $180 million. The 203,000-square-foot building on the southwest corner of East 41st Street sits across from 300 Madison and is one block south from SL Green’s upcoming 1 Vanderbilt skyscraper in the Grand Central submarket....
2 points by New York Post | Real estate Leasehold estate Lease Manhattan Renting Midtown Manhattan New York City Rental agreement
$35M luxury condo building planned for Detroit
The new 11-story building, the Ashton Detroit, would have 78 condos, five penthouses and a rooftop patio with pool.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Renting Real estate Apartment Detroit Architectural engineering Construction
$35M luxury condo building planned for downtown Detroit
The new 11-story building, the Ashton Detroit, would have 78 condos, five penthouses and a rooftop patio with pool.        
774 points by Detroit Free Press | Renting Real estate Apartment Detroit Architectural engineering Construction
Reich up your street: Viral sensation ‘Hitler House’ available to rent
Swansea’s notorious ‘Hitler house,’ an unassuming property on a busy thoroughfare that became a tourist attraction five years ago for its uncanny resemblance to the Nazi leader, is now up for rent. Read Full Article at RT.com
23 points by Russia Today | Nazi Germany Swansea Wehrmacht Adolf Hitler The Blitz Hermann Göring Führer Renting
Baltimore County police warn of online rental scams
Angel Sheppard had big plans to spruce up the foreclosed Towson home she bought in June, but right after buying the place Sheppard noticed someone already started making her new house a home.There was an air conditioner in the window and the blinds were down."It made me a little uneasy," Sheppard...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Renting Confidence trick Property Baltimore County Maryland Real estate Victim Rental agreement Vacation rental
The VA and the neighbors in West L.A. have started helping homeless vets; when will Congress do its part?
The years-long tussle over land use at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ sprawling 388-acre West Los Angeles campus took an important step closer to being resolved Tuesday. Yet even as the department made real strides locally, the efforts to deliver more services to veterans on the campus remain...
140 points by Los Angeles Times | Democratic Party United States Senate Dianne Feinstein United States Department of Veterans Affairs Homelessness Posttraumatic stress disorder Supportive housing Renting
Upscale condo building planned for Detroit
A new 11-story luxury building in downtown Detroit would have 78 condos, five penthouses and a rooftop patio with pool.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Renting Real estate Apartment Detroit Architectural engineering Construction
‘Hampton’s Diet’ author serving up Tribeca loft
We hear that “The Hamptons Diet” author Dr. Fred Pescatore is putting his Tribeca loft at 84 Thomas St. on the rental market for a cool $18,500 a month. (It was previously on the market for sale for $3.7 million.) Pescatore bought the apartment in 2006 for $1.92 million from Angela Ahrendts, the former CEO of...
5 points by New York Post | Fred MacMurray Angela Ahrendts Renting Surnames Billy Wilder West Side Story Jerry Seinfeld Jorie Graham
Frugal Traveler: Do You Really Need Rental Car Insurance? 8 Things to Know
The Frugal Traveler learned some valuable lessons about what happens when you damage your rental car.
1 points by The New York Time | Damage waiver Insurance Car rental Automobile Vehicle insurance Renting Tire Car rental companies
West Loop, best loop?
The Great Recession turned out to be a pretty good thing for Chicago's West Loop. Since 2008, when the housing market collapsed, the neighborhood emerged like a phoenix from the ashes as one of the hottest in the city. These days, the former urban warehouse and manufacturing district is the trendiest...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Real estate Apartment Condominium Chicago Loop Housing cooperative Near North Side Chicago Renting Community areas of Chicago
In Flint, tenants suffer with shutoff of water
At Lakeside Apartments in northeast Flint, losing water service is the latest in a series of disappointments        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Renting Landlord Real estate Apartment Lease Property Rental agreement Genesee County Michigan
Joppatowne VFW Post cancels contract after learning renters are white supremacists
Members of Joppatowne Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5838 on Pulaski Highway say they were unknowingly renting their hall once a year for about a decade to a white supremacist group. That practice ended this week soon after the group's identity was brought to the VFW post's attention on...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | White supremacy Racism Renting Rental agreement Supremacism Leasing White power skinhead
Hawaii committees pass new versions of vacation rental bills
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii legislative committees have passed new versions of bills addressing vacation rentals. State Senate committees on tourism and public safety on Wednesday passed legislation giving hosting platforms like Airbnb the option to pay hotel taxes on behalf of short-term rental operators. The bill says platforms that do ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | United States Congress Bill Clinton Legislatures Legislature Senate Property Renting United States
The High Line divides neighborhood along class lines
The co-creator of the High Line, who claimed he had shafted the residents of Chelsea with his world-renowned park has in fact divided the neighborhood — with wealthy apartment dwellers moaning about the crowds but residents of the Chelsea-Elliot housing project loving the high life. Last week, Robert Hammond told the CityLab site he had...
68 points by New York Post | Renting House Apartment Hotel Chelsea Rental agreement Real estate 23rd Street High Line
Does a landlord need to give a reason for evicting a tenant?
Question: I’ve been living in a great apartment close to work for three years. My lease ended after a year, and I am now going month to month. I love the location, felt safe and planned to live here a long time. Last week, my landlord served me with a “60 Day Notice to Quit.” I don’t know what...
1 points by Los Angeles Times | Landlord Leasehold estate Lease Renting Eviction Rental agreement Real estate Leasing
Another headache — courtesy of car rental companies
Dear John: Regarding excess charges at Florida rental car companies, I ran into very much the same problem with Thrifty. I rented an economy car for six days, which was supposed to cost $289. The bill I received was for $560. There can be as many as 10 extra surcharges on the bill. None of...
25 points by New York Post | Credit card Toll road Renting Electric charge Carsharing Car rental Payment Automobile
Could Detroit soon have too many new apartments?
After years of market-rate apartment scarcity in greater downtown Detroit, supply is starting to catch up with demand.        
447 points by Detroit Free Press | Apartment Renting Real estate Detroit House Penthouse apartment Studio apartment Basement apartment
This bill would bar the state from compelling landlords to disclose information on their tenants' citizenship
Essential Politics: Brown plays down any chance of Trump punishing California, Schwarzenegger calls for national redistricting reform Feb. 15, 2017, 6:12 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Gov. Jerry...
26 points by Los Angeles Times | United States California Political philosophy Renting Federal government of the United States Government President of the United States Property
Berkeley considers tiny apartments for homeless
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - City officials in Berkeley are considering helping low-income homeless people find a place to stay with tiny assisted-living apartment units. KNTV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2lPgxHi ) that the City Council is considering a proposal to house some homeless people in prefabricated "micro-unit" buildings. The buildings would feature 160-square-foot ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Apartment Real estate House English-language films Poverty Studio apartment Renting San Francisco Bay Area
Chicago's downtown apartment construction boom may be nearing peak
The massive apartment construction boom in downtown Chicago is starting to show signs of saturation, and rents will likely start to decline by fall, Appraisal Research Counselors reported Tuesday. Rents fell about 14.7 percent during the fourth quarter to $2.89 a square foot for the top-quality,...
115 points by Chicago Tribune | Renting Apartment Condominium Rental agreement Real estate Building Leasing Housing cooperative
Ski trips are perfect time to rent new equipment
I’m seasoned enough as a skier to have (more than one pair of) skis I absolutely adore. But here’s something that surprises some: When I head off to a ski destination that involves flying, I never bring skis.Why?Because the quality of equipment available for rent at resorts today, and the ease with which you can complete the rental process, make it a no-brainer to leave my beloved sticks behind and try some new ones. Oh, and it’s fun, too.Here are some things to consider while planning a distant ski trip when it comes to you gear:
3 points by Boston Herald | Renting Leasing Rental shop
Scholarships for homeless
Penacook Spring cleaning? United Church of Penacook, located at the corner of Community Drive and Canal St., is renting spaces for its indoor/outdoor Spring Fair on March 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Handmade craft items, product vendors, attic treasures and baked goods will be available. Spaces can be...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Tax Concord New Hampshire New Hampshire Property Renting Real estate Property tax Scholarship
Palestinians in East Jerusalem battle for their homes
Dozens of Palestinian families live with the constant threat of eviction by Israeli settler groups in the occupied city.
6880 points by Al Jazeera English | Israel Jerusalem Landlord West Bank Jordan Renting Al-Aqsa Mosque Leasehold estate
Candler Building in Baltimore sells for $62 million
The downtown Baltimore office tower known as the Candler Building has sold to a Virginia firm for $62 million. American Real Estate Partners Management of Herndon, Va., closed on the 12-story building at the beginning of February, according to Costar, a commercial real estate firm that tracks deals....
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Real estate Property Building Renting Firm House Real property Asa Griggs Candler
How and when Cleveland plans to roll out its new rental inspection plan
Cleveland Building & Housing Director Ron O'Leary said the city plans to start rental inspections by July with a new 13-person unit. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland officials this week shared a timeline for how they plan to roll out the first citywide inspections aimed at preventing lead poisoning and making sure rentals are safer and healthier for children. February 2017 Seek city council approval for Building & Housing Department budget that would include money for 33 new staff positions. Staff would increase from 127 to to 160 people, closer to pre-recession levels. Send out renewal notices for currently registered rentals, and let landlords know of the city's plans for the rental inspection program. March 2017 Ask City Council to pass legislation that makes failing to register a rental unit a minor misdemeanor - the housing code equivalent of a speeding ticket. The change would allow the city to enforce rental registration without always taking cases to court. Under the law for 2017, landlords would pay $35 to register a unit and a late fee of $50 for any unit registered after March 31st. Getting a ticket would cost an individual landlord $95 and a business entity $500. The city will also ask that, starting in 2018, the fee schedule for rental registration be set by the Board of Control, which includes the mayor and certain city department heads. The fee would likely increase, and the city hopes it will be affordable but also cover the cost of the city's rental inspections. Cleveland rental inspections are expected to begin in July.Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer  April 2017 Start hiring up to 33 new building and housing department staff with money from a newly passed budget. Recruit new inspectors with construction experience through word of mouth and placards at home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe's. Form a 13-person rental inspection unit from a mix of current and new inspectors. The unit will include a chief, lead risk assessor, five building inspectors for larger apartments, and six residential inspectors for single and smaller multifamily homes, and a support staff person. Additional new staff will work to collect money property owners owe for demolitions, nuisances and maintenance (like grass cutting) and to help prepare paperwork to shore up housing court cases. July 2017 Begin inspections of at least 2,500 rental units. Inspectors will notify landlords three to four weeks in advance of the inspection date. If violation notices are issued, landlords will have 60 days to comply and pass a re-inspection. After that inspectors can prepare information to send to city prosecutors for potential housing court cases. Inspectors will pass out information to landlords and tenants about why the city is setting standards for safety in rentals. 2018 and beyond Continue routine safety inspections of rentals, while building the rental registration. Registered rentals increased from 35,000 to 42,309 in 2016. The city has set the following goals to reach the estimated 84,000 rental units: 2017: 50,000 2018: 65,000 2019: 80,000 The city estimates it will take about five years finish a baseline inspection for each unit. Then the city will look at the data it has gathered and decide whether to change the program based on what it has learned. For instance, Minneapolis uses a tier system that rewards owners of well-maintained properties with a longer period between inspections.
30 points by The Plain Dealer | Renting Real estate Property Business Landlord Housing tenure
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's concerns about rental inspections: Displacing poor families, burdening landlords
If Clevelad too quickly or too aggressively inspects rental properties for health hazards and safety violations such as peeling paint, mold and broken toilets, families may be put out of their homes and landlords unable to rent their properties. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Mayor Frank Jackson said that if an ethical or moral standard were applied to inspecting Cleveland's low-income rental homes for safety, about three quarters of it would be "closed up." Jackson made the comment last week when discussing the city's long awaited and soon-to-be implemented plan to start citywide inspections of rental units in response to its ongoing lead poisoning crisis. That crisis was revealed in 2015 by The Plain Dealer's Toxic Neglect series, which brought to light serious failings in how the city responded to cases of childhood lead poisoning. Without enough staff to keep up, less than half of the homes where children were poisoned over a recent five-year period were inspected, the newspaper's analysis found. "One of the reasons why our people are taking so long is because of that-- that decision around that moral dilemma," Jackson said during an annual meeting with Cleveland.com reporters and editors. The dilemma, as Jackson explained it: if the city too quickly or too aggressively inspects rental properties for health hazards and safety violations such as peeling paint, mold and broken toilets, families may be put out of their homes and landlords unable to rent their properties. "If you're talking about a very mechanical kind of thing, you know, half of the places would be closed up," Jackson said. "If you're talking about it in terms of the ethical or moral thing, probably three quarters of the places would be closed up. It's the way it is." Reaction to Jackson's sweeping comments were mixed among those closest to the issue, some saying the mayor put a finger on a problem central to improving the safety of city housing; others arguing his off-the-cuff estimates exaggerate the problem and provide an easy excuse for delay or inaction.   The city's first-ever foray into routine rental inspections is scheduled to begin in the summer and will involve a new team of 13 inspectors hired with money from November's income tax increase. (LINK to timeline) In addition to interior and exterior peeling paint which may indicate lead hazards, inspectors will look for mold, excessive extension cord use, and ensure homes have basic necessities like hot and cold water, flushing toilets and working carbon monoxide detectors. A check list of what Cleveland's new rental inspection unit will look for in homes as they begin inspections in July. Jackson, again speaking at the meeting, expressed concern about green-lighting immediate citywide inspection of all rental properties or inspecting for "everything from lead to a leaking faucet, to a roof that's leaking, to a hole, some plaster off the wall, the need for paint." Instead, the city plans to phase in its inspections over a five-year period, focusing on specific safety issues in rental homes that are registered with the city. Listen to Jackson's comments in the audio player below. Jackson deals in unfortunate reality Some say the mayor's concerns and the city's five-year plan reflect an unfortunate reality in Cleveland. "He [Jackson] knows the situation. He's an absolute realist," said Tom Bier, a senior fellow at Cleveland State University's Levin College of Urban Affairs with 40 years of experience studying the city's housing market. Bier said it's more likely that about one-third of city rentals are in bad condition. In 2015, a citywide survey by the non-profit Thriving Communities Institute of residential and commercial properties found less then 5 percent of all structures to be in "D" or "F" condition, though it only examined the exterior of homes. Nobody thinks children should be living in unsafe housing, Bier said, and it makes sense to fix the problems upfront rather than pay steep medical and social costs later. But that's not the ways things work here: "It's brutal. But it's reality," he said. Meredith Greif, a sociologist and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University said policy makers like Jackson have to consider how their actions will affect access to housing. Greif is part of a project that's conducted interviews with hundreds of low income families, landlords and court and policy makers in Baltimore, Dallas and Cleveland. On one hand, Greif says code enforcement helps ensure homes are livable, especially for poor children and families. But if landlords are hit with hefty fines for violations, what will happen? Some, she said, might get out of the business altogether. "It's a quandary," she said. "It's a terrible situation all around." Profit margins for landlords can be surprisingly thin, Greif said. There are some for whom the business is quite lucrative, but others report they usually break even or make only a small profit. "The vast majority of landlords with whom I spoke are not absentee, fly by night landlords but ones who have been in the business for quite some time, many well over a decade, and who report taking housing code rather seriously," Greif said. Cleveland Councilman Tony Brancatelli supports the phased approach to rolling out the new inspections, with ample time to educate landlords and give them a chance to make repairs before inspectors come knocking. "As much as I go after landlords, I want to make sure we think about and know the cost of this," he said. Some, especially those who want high "healthy housing" standards for mold and across-the-board use of the more stringent dust wipe tests for lead, might not be happy. Brancatelli thinks those standards, while admirable, would fail. The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority only targets peeling paint in its low-income unit inspections and that standard seems to work well, Brancatelli said. Kids in CMHA housing have lower rates of poisoning. "We want to make things safer for kids," he said. "But we need to move the bar slowly." No evidence for widespread displacement, advocates say Child health and housing advocates, though, take issue with several of the Mayor's statements. "We need to strongly resist the notion that a leaky faucet is the same risk (to children) as a neurotoxin," that can immediately and irreparably damage young developing brains like lead can, said Spencer Wells, a longtime housing advocate speaking on behalf of the newly-formed Cleveland Lead Safe Network.   The network hopes to encourage legislation that promotes "lead-safe" housing for kids, a standard that does not require homes to be completely free of lead, only for any known lead hazards to be controlled. It's a standard that protects kids and is affordable, Wells said. Making rental homes lead-free, on the other hand, can be prohibitively expensive for many homeowners without outside help. Still, Wells said, that's not what's required of property owners in most cases. The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires homes to be made lead-safe and then be maintained, for example. "Conflating lead-free and lead-safe leads folks to conclude, well, there's nothing we can do," Wells said. Dr. Aparna Bole, medical director of community integration and a pediatrician at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, was most concerned about Jackson's suggestion that rental inspections would displace families. "That hasn't been true at all in other cities that have implemented a rental inspection program," she said, including Rochester, New York (a city highlighted in The Plain Dealer's Toxic Neglect series which Cleveland used in part as a model for its plan) and Baltimore. "I'm the first to say that availability of affordable and safe housing stock is incredibly important to public health, so no part of me would want to recommend removing that housing. But that just hasn't been true anywhere else." Officials in Rochester said concerns similar to Jackson's were floated a decade ago when the city instituted citywide inspections for lead hazards that have since resulted in a more than 80 percent drop in the number of kids known to be poisoned by lead. The landlords who left the market, a housing official told The Plain Dealer, were ones who shouldn't have been there anyway. The rest adjusted. Yvonka Hall, a landlord and member of the Cleveland Lead Safe Network, agrees that many Cleveland landlords aren't making money hand over fist. They might need help -- zero-interest loans for window replacement, for example--in order to make their properties lead-safe. But children, who are the most vulnerable, deserve the most protection, said Hall, who served as director of the city's office of minority health until 2012. "If your whole campaign has been 'looking out for the least of us' then the children who are being poisoned would be at the top of that list, because they can't control their circumstances."
91 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Frank G. Jackson Cleveland State University Lead Occupational safety and health Renting Lead poisoning The Plain Dealer
The rush is already on for rentals at the Jersey Shore
For vacationers willing to pay thousands a week for a Jersey Shore rental property they know what they want: Rooms with a view, good carpets, stemless wineglasses and the mattresses better be new. And how's the flatware?
-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | New Jersey Ocean County New Jersey Renting Atlantic County New Jersey Property Jersey Shore Long Beach Island Rental agreement
Leasing agent allegedly stole $14K in quarters from laundry machines
An upstate woman took her employer to the cleaners – by swiping $14,000 worth of quarters from laundry machines, police said. Alisha A. Russell, of Syracuse, a former leasing agent for an apartment complex in Clay, NY, is accused of making off with 56,000 quarters — a 700-pound load – from on-site washing machines. Russell,...
46 points by New York Post | Syracuse New York Laundry The Post-Standard Renting Washing machine Andy Summers New York Rental agreement
Uber strikes deal with Zipcar in attempt to attract new drivers
Ride-hailing giant Uber is teaming up with Zipcar — one of the original “sharing economy” companies — in its latest move to entice potential drivers to its platform.
30 points by Boston Herald | Automobile Leasing Renting Vehicle Boston Device driver Want Vehicles
Community garden plots available at Oregon Ridge Nature Center
About a dozen plots remain available for the 2017 season in the Oregon Ridge Nature Center's community garden in Cockeysville, according to center officials. The garden, which is situated near Shawan Road and Beaver Dam Road, includes 81 10-by-10-foot plots available to interested gardeners who...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Garden Gardening Soil Plant Organic matter Community gardening Natural history Renting
In 'Universal Harvester,' John Darnielle walks into cornfields, family and horror
It’s hard to feel nostalgic for video stores in an age when renting a movie — thanks to the Internet —  is easier than making a cup of coffee. But those who grew up in the ’80s or ’90s might still feel a twinge of sadness when they pass by a vacant storefront that used to house VHS tapes, despite...
-2 points by Los Angeles Times | Renting Novel
Jackie Collins’ Estate Sells Another Estate in Beverly Hills (EXCLUSIVE)
SELLER: Estate of Jackie Collins LOCATION: Beverly Hills, CA PRICE: $6,750,000 SIZE: 7,537 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms plus guesthouse YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A gated Beverly Hills estate long owned but not occupied by late and bestselling pulp novelist Jackie Collins has been sold in an off-market deal for $6.75 million to a Beverly... Read more »
6 points by Variety | Real estate Beverly Hills California Names of large numbers Wilshire Boulevard Rodeo Drive Renting Real property Million
Beware of the added car rental costs
Dear John: Perhaps you have addressed this “fees” issue in the past with regard to hotels, particularly resorts. But my issue is with car rentals. There are not a lot of complaints about it because the bulk of car rentals are for business purposes, and who cares about fees when someone else is paying? I’ve...
14 points by New York Post | Renting Property Non-profit organization Automobile Car rental companies Tax Consumption tax Car rental
I rented my apartment on Snapchat
Felipe Ros, a 23-year-old investment banker, was nearing the end of his Nolita apartment sublet and still hadn’t found a new place to live. “I was in a bit of a time crunch,” says Ros, who moved to New York last September after finishing a graduate program in Paris. In search of a downtown rental,...
1251 points by New York Post | Apartment Week-day names Renting Flatiron Building Reach Christopher Nolan
Film Review: ‘Havenhurst’
Ghosts of prior horror movies haunt the musty halls of a competently crafted meller that never quite finds a distinctive narrative slant or atmosphere of its own.
84 points by Variety | Apartment Landlord Real estate House Condominium American film actors Renting Tobe Hooper
Blue Parrot building sells and will be divided for smaller retail tenants
The iconic Blue Parrot restaurant property, and its fixtures, have sold to a pair of Louisville investors who plan to divide the huge building for smaller retail tenants.
31 points by The Denver Post | Real estate Renting Restaurant
Suit: Tenant stabbed by security guard seeks more than $200K
A tenant is suing her management company and the security firm they employed for more than $200,000 after she was stabbed by a security guard.
13 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Cook County Illinois Chicago Police John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County House Apartment Real estate Renting
California lawmakers can't figure out what to do with Airbnb. Here's why
In San Francisco, tumult at the ballot box, with the Board of Supervisors and in the courtroom has defined the city’s relationship with Airbnb and other short-term rental sites. In Los Angeles, regulating Airbnb is a top issue at City Hall. In New York last fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed one of...
256 points by Los Angeles Times | Los Angeles City Local government Legislature United States Renting
Investment firm ousts mentally ill and Latino families to flip Koreatown buildings, lawsuit alleges
After a lifetime of riding the trains in the summer and wintering at the missions on L.A.’s skid row, Arthur Rivera ended up in a Santa Monica gutter. Then a case manager with Step Up on Second, a mental health services agency, obtained a rental subsidy for him. In 2011 Rivera moved into a single apartment...
1874 points by Los Angeles Times | Pleading Plaintiff Landlord Allegation Renting Leasehold estate Eviction Lease
THE WATCHDOGS: Residential tax cheats cost Cook County millions
A suspended Harvey police officer is among at least 8,171 Cook County property owners who wrongly received tax breaks over the past decade on homes they didn’t live in — costing more than $24 million, a burden other taxpayers had to make up. Lemuel Askew — a Harvey cop for 30 years who’s awaiting trial […]
211 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Property Tax Property law Renting Tax exemption Real estate Lien Cook County Illinois
The problem of hunger persists in all corners
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-2 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | San Jose California Silicon Valley Feeding America Food bank San Jose Earthquakes Food banks San Jose Mercury News Renting
Facebook boosts efforts to 'do good' with new tools
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is offering new tools for charity fundraising, for marking yourself safe during a crisis and for helping others — or asking for help — after a natural disaster.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Social network service The Social Network Crisis Renting Social network Door
Can 'luxury' cage homes fix Hong Kong's housing crisis?
Hong Kong is one of the most expensive places to live in the world, with the median property price 19 times the median annual household income.
518 points by CNN | Renting Hong Kong Apartment Rental agreement Hong Kong Island Victoria City Landlord Bedroom
Airbnb upgrade adds experiences and places
Airbnb, the popular short-term rental platform, is expanding beyond just booking homes and apartments. Now, the San Francisco company wants to help you book surf lessons, dance classes, walking tours and other experiences. With an upgrade that launched Thursday, the Airbnb app will offer the new...
3 points by Los Angeles Times | Orpheum Renting Los Angeles Orpheum Circuit Inc. Downtown Los Angeles Global city Million Dollar Theater Tourism
Beyond rooms and homes: Airbnb adding tours and activities
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Not content with just renting out spare rooms and vacant homes, Airbnb is adding local tours and activities like surfing lessons and pub crawls to its travel services in major cities around the world. With the new features announced Thursday, the fast-growing online rental company is ...
2 points by The Washington Times | Travel Eric Holder Renting Travel agency Hosts file New York City Public house
Ambitious Airbnb adds local tours and activities
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Not content to just rent out rooms and homes, Airbnb is adding local tours and activities to its travel services in a number of cities.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Renting Travel Leasing Property Rental agreement City Real number Privately held company
Gentrilennials strike Brooklyn’s gritty Fourth Avenue
Sights like gas stations and McDonald’s made any trip down Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue worth forgetting. But the Fourth has awakened, and it’s fast morphing from an industrial hinterland into a gentrifying — and desirable — residential thoroughfare. “It was a very commercial corridor,” recalls Brendan Aguayo, senior vice president and managing director of Halstead Property...
332 points by New York Post | Real estate Park Slope Brooklyn Apartment Renting Building