December 21, 2009 |
This being the yuletide season, I made my way to the downtown Los Angeles Toy District the other day, because nothing says "Christmas" to me so much as stepping over piles of garbage to cross the street and shouldering my way past overflowing dumpsters in busy alleys. The Toy District is in a bad way. Established by immigrant entrepreneurs in the 1980s as the center of a thriving wholesale import-export trade in toys and other gewgaws mostly from Hong Kong and China, it has been losing its verve for several years.
March 25, 2012 |
Three days after listing a house for sale, real estate agents Richard and Jean Murphy of Portland, Maine, began receiving a surprising number of calls — not from buyers but from would-be tenants. It turns out the callers were answering an ad that said the place was for rent, "and at a really low price," the agents for Harborview Properties recall. Worse, the "owner" was not the Murphys' client. It was someone living in another state who told callers that if they sent $1,500, the place would be theirs.
April 26, 1987
"Raise rents as often as possible and as much as possible." This bit of gouging information is from your article (Feb. 8). I live in an apartment complex where the rent was raised recently--with the aid and complicity of the so-called Rent Stabilization Board, an appointed body whose duty it is to keep rent raises under control. Your article all but spells it out--the rent board will help you out--(the landlords of course). It may come as a surprise to your real estate editors that not all tenants can pay these increases.
September 18, 2011 |
Question: I have been looking for a new apartment to rent. I found a studio apartment listed on Craigslist that sounded great, although the ad said applicants must "be employed. " I am unemployed, but I receive Social Security and pension retirement payments. I told the owner that I did not have a job, but that my retirement benefits amounted to more than three times the $900 rent. He said he would rent only to a tenant who was employed. He then explained that he was having financial troubles and could not afford to lose money on this property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2000
Re "Job-Rich, Housing-Poor," Dec. 2: I appreciate your excellent editorial on Jan. 2, regarding housing in Orange County. The need for affordable housing here is obvious for those with low-paying jobs, both in the humanitarian sense and for the future of the Orange County economy. There is an area of housing which the editorial did not address, however. The rental market is so good right now that landlords need not consider anyone with less than perfect credit and rental histories.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2005 |
Denouncing them as outlaws, Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo has announced the filing of criminal charges against the landlords of five apartment buildings for a slew of alleged health and safety code violations. A total of 72 counts were filed against the owners of the buildings in the Pico-Union and Mid-Wilshire areas, Delgadillo said. The case involves 188 rental units. The city attorney said the violations included cockroach infestation, defective plumbing and trash accumulation.