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April 9, 1987 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writer
In a case that highlights a "gray area" of city regulations, a Los Angeles landlord was ordered Wednesday to restore utilities and stop eviction proceedings against tenants in a building that he is renovating pending a further court hearing. Superior Court Judge Ricardo A. Torres issued a temporary restraining order against Daniel Lerner of DL Investments, owner of an apartment building at 706 S. Normandie Ave.
April 20, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: I am a landlord who owns and manages a couple of four-plexes. I have always paid for all the utilities - garbage pickup, electricity and water - for my tenants. However, I started to notice recently that the utility bills were getting very expensive at my properties. Some tenants seem to be running the heat even when the temperature is in the high 60s, while others seem to be using a lot of water. Because the utility costs are so high, I am thinking of increasing the rent on my apartments by $80 per person to help defray these costs.
December 21, 2009 | Michael Hiltzik
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.
April 5, 2014 | Tim Logan
The real estate market has long worked on a simple system: If you want to buy a new house, sell the old one and use the equity for a down payment. But the last few years of low ownership costs and rising rents have some move-up buyers trying a new approach: Buy the new house. Keep the old one. And rent it out. Real estate firm Redfin recently asked 1,900 prospective home buyers nationwide what they planned to do with their old house when they bought a new one. As you'd expect, the majority said they would sell.
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.
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.
April 9, 2005 | Nicholas Shields, Times Staff Writer
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.
March 22, 1992
In response to "Tenant-Screening Firm Accused of Circumventing Law," by Richard Lee Colvin in the Feb. 17 Valley Edition: I firmly believe in protecting the rights of potential tenants, but not at the expense of the rights of the landlords. I would like David Pallack, "an attorney with San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services," to explain the meaning of "Commercial Speech," which supposedly does not enjoy the same broad protections as other types of expression. Rather than disallowing pending or dismissed eviction actions taken against potential tenants, we should require these screening firms to expound on such information as to the reason for the action and the reasons for its dismissal.
November 24, 1985
I have read with interest the article concerning the Commodore Circle neighborhood in Huntington Beach (Nov. 10). While I have sympathy and concern for the tenants' situation and fully realize that there are negligent property owners and those landlords who take unfair advantage, I would like to point out some facts that may be of interest. I am not an owner of rental property in Orange County and have no firsthand knowledge of these specific properties. I do have experience with similar situations in Los Angeles, where I have owned and managed property for the past five years.
June 4, 1989 | BETTINA BOXALL, Times Staff Writer
If Councilman Clarence Smith gets a call from one of his constituents in the crime-ridden 6th District at the edge of downtown, he can usually predict the topic before he even picks up the phone. "About 70% of the calls I receive are drug-related complaints that center on a house or an apartment where drug traffic is taking place," said Smith, who says that landlords might be better than police at driving out drug peddlers. Taking a cue from other cities that have begun pressuring landlords to stop the drug traffic that can turn an apartment building into a 24-hour armed drug store, Smith is proposing an ordinance that would force landlords to take action against drug-peddling tenants, including eviction.
March 30, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: I have lived in Silicon Valley my whole life. I am 70 years old and retired. I recently applied for housing at an apartment complex and asked the leasing agent what my chances were of getting an apartment. He told me they had received a lot of applications. When I asked if it was worth it to apply at all, he shrugged and said I was "up against some Google people. " I was outraged. Am I being discriminated against, since he implied that I did not stand a chance of being chosen over a person who works for Google?
March 10, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
More than 100 pot shops have shut down since Los Angeles started enforcing its new rules restricting medical marijuana dispensaries, City Atty. Mike Feuer announced Monday. Feuer said he was now stepping up that work, hiring two new attorneys who would exclusively tackle prosecutions under Proposition D, the measure passed by voters last spring. Staffers are also focusing more attention on real estate professionals and landlords renting space to marijuana dispensaries, providing them with a new brochure that warns of steep fines and jail time for breaking the rules.
March 9, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: My wife and I purchased a 10-unit residential building as an investment. This is our first time owning a rental property, and we quickly realized it's a lot of work. We hired a property manager to deal with all of the details, and for a while everything seemed to be fine. Last week, however, we received a notification from the Department of Housing and Urban Development that one of our tenants had filed a complaint against us, claiming that our property manager had sexually harassed her. We know nothing about this - can we be liable for what the property manager did here?
March 2, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: I was severely injured in a car accident. As a result, I am in a lot of pain and unable to work. Social Security accepted my claim, and I now receive monthly disability payments. Unfortunately, this is my only income, and I am on a very tight budget. I recently began looking for a cheaper rental unit but have encountered a problem. Most property owners require tenants to earn at least three times the monthly rent. Because of my inability to work due to my disability, there is no way I can meet this standard.
February 23, 2014 | By Lew Sichelman
House-hunters can find homes on their own. So can renters who are not quite ready to take the leap into homeownership. But do you really want to go it alone? Why not let an agent do the legwork for you? Hiring an agent to help with your search for a rental apartment may be a big-city phenomenon, especially in places like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. But real estate agents everywhere can help renters find suitable accommodations just as they help buyers find houses. And perhaps more importantly, they can make the search much easier.
January 31, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Dave is a landlord, but he's not a dope smoker. So when he lists a room for rent on Craigslist, he specifies that marijuana isn't welcome. However, Dave says that Craigslist users routinely flag his postings for being discriminatory, and he's received warnings from the site. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions He asks: Can't a landlord just say no to drugs? The short answer is yes. But in the age of medical marijuana, things are a little trickier.
December 24, 2010 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I have a tenant in the duplex I own who has complained to me several times that her ex-boyfriend is stalking her. She tells me she is very afraid of him. I live in the other unit in the duplex. I feel that I have an obligation to protect my tenant and my property. Do I have a right to call the police to remove the ex-boyfriend as a trespasser? Also, if I find myself in a confrontation with the ex-boyfriend before the police arrive, do I have a right of self-defense to protect my rental property?
November 19, 1997 | TOM BECKER
Does a landlord have the right to evict a convicted sex offender if his presence in the apartment building scares away prospective tenants? That is the kind of question that will be answered Thursday during a seminar at the annual trade show of the Apartment Assn. of Van Nuys.
January 7, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
"In America," Oscar Wilde quipped, "the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience. " And they often do it in the pages of Rolling Stone. Last week, the magazine posted a mini-manifesto titled " Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For . " After confirming it wasn't a parody, conservative critics launched a brutal assault on its author, Jesse A. Myerson. Myerson's essay captures nearly everything the unconverted despise about left-wing youth culture, starting with the assumption that being authentically young requires being theatrically left wing.
January 2, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Office vacancy rates continued to decline in most cities during the fourth quarter of 2013, prompting landlords to ask for higher rents in more than half of the country. U.S. office buildings absorbed 14.3 million square feet of empty space in the fourth quarter, according to commercial real estate services firm Cassidy Turley. That was less space than was absorbed in the third quarter, but it marked the 14th consecutive quarter of improved occupancy for landlords. Vacancy in the third quarter was 15.1% by Cassidy Turley's reckoning, down more than 2 percentage points from the recessionary peak of 17.3%.
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