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January 27, 2013 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I am a first-time landlord who just bought a six-unit apartment building as a personal investment. My Christian faith is extremely important to me and affects every aspect of my life. I would prefer to rent out the apartments in my building to other Christians, not because I am prejudiced against non-Christians but because I like the idea of creating a community of believers living together in fellowship. I have been told that the fair housing laws do not allow me to specify in my advertising that I will accept only Christian tenants.
January 4, 2013 | By Ben Kamin
JERUSALEM - It's different each time, the sensation driven by my religious body temperature at the moment, each occasion leavened by the vicissitudes of life, by doubt, skepticism, spiritual immobility or vague rhapsody - and certainly by my own vanities. One first has to get past the sense of being an intruder, even if one is incontrovertibly Jewish, because the landlords of Jerusalem's Western Wall, a conglomerate of stern, bearded men from a variety of ecclesiastic tribes, are rather possessive of their default contract with the place.
December 28, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The imminent closure of Junior's Deli, a longtime Jewish eatery on the Westside, was the result of inexperienced ownership that exacerbated a rent dispute, according to the business' landlord. For decades, Beverly Hills-based Four Corners Investment Co. has leased the Westwood Boulevard property to Junior's, said the firm's attorney, Behzad Nahai. The company “always had an excellent business relationship with Marvin Saul,” who launched the deli in 1959, Nahai said. But Saul died last year after a heart attack, passing control of Junior's to his sons David and John.
December 23, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: We recently moved out of a house that we were renting. Our lease stated that the tenant was required to have the home and carpets professionally cleaned upon vacancy. We offered the landlady $350 from our deposit to hire a company to clean the house to her liking. When we received our refund, we saw that she deducted this amount from our security deposit. However, by then I had driven back to our rental to pick up my remaining boxes. When I was there, I saw that our landlady had painters repainting the entire house.
December 16, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I recently separated from my husband. Right now my 10-year-old son and I are living with my parents, but we need to find our own place to live. I can't afford to pay much rent until I get a job, but I was hoping to find a furnished efficiency or one-bedroom apartment. I found an ad for a one-bedroom apartment that I can afford. When I called the owner to arrange to see the place, I mentioned my son. He then told me he didn't feel comfortable renting the place to me because he thought my son should have his own bedroom.
December 15, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
As the MTA moves closer to starting construction on a subway tunnel in downtown Los Angeles, some property owners have dug in for a fight. The big landlords fear that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's plans to build a massive trench on Flower Street will disrupt their businesses for years, costing millions of dollars in lost revenue. The four-story-deep canyon planned by the MTA would travel through more than two busy city blocks of the financial district, which includes popular destinations such as the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, the Central Library and the City National Plaza office and retail complex.
November 18, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I own a couple of condos that I rent out. I have a pretty good relationship with my tenants, but I need to ask one of them to vacate so that my son can move into the unit. I like to use email to communicate with my clients, and I know that a notice of termination needs to be in writing. Can I send this notice of termination via email? Answer: Email won't work for you in this situation. California law is very specific about the method for serving a notice of termination of tenancy.
November 16, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Chef Paul Shoemaker earlier this month abruptly shuttered his acclaimed Malibu restaurant, Savory , citing a "long and hard battle" with his landlord, Zan Marquis. Accusations have been flying ever since. Marquis is owner of the Point Dume Village center where Savory is located, and where Malibu residents have protested the closure of the restaurant and the pending closing of Point Pizza, whose lease Marquis hasn't renewed against the owner's wishes. Marquis also is a co-owner of Savory, or, as Shoemaker puts it, a "putative partner.
October 21, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - No one wants to take the blame for the housing bust in this political season, but scammers and rip-off artists in the hundreds are working overtime to siphon dollars out of the wreckage of the crash and its still-vulnerable victims. You've probably heard about the loan-modification predators who promise financially ailing homeowners that they'll prevent or forestall foreclosures - but are really after thousands of dollars in fees, for which they do nothing. Now the second-largest source of mortgage money in the country - Freddie Mac - is warning about a troubling wave of post-crash fraud: scammers who illegally rent out foreclosed and for-sale homes to unsuspecting consumers.
October 8, 2012 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
May was tough for Darlene Williams. Her unemployment benefits ran out. She paid her rent of $1,116 in June out of the $2,000 left in her life savings. In July, her church kept a roof over her head. In August, the Actors Fund did. In September, a friend handed her $1,200. Now it's October. The rent's past due. Williams wobbles on the cliff's edge. You would not know it by her bearing, which is regal - shoulders back, spine straight, head held high - or by her cheerful, put-together look.
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