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November 4, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I missed a rent payment, and my community supervisor served me with a three-day notice to pay rent or quit. The notice included the rent due and an additional $250. I asked the supervisor why the additional amount was included. He told me that when I missed the payment, his company accountant reviewed my payment records. As a result, he realized I had failed to pay the full amount of rent due in the first month after my rent was raised two years ago. Can the property management coerce me into paying this extra $250, after so much time?
August 4, 2010 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
At age 37, Neil Patrick Harris has worn more showbiz hats than most performers do in their entire careers. Starting his professional life as a child star, Harris has successfully graduated to film actor, sitcom leading man, Broadway actor, award-show staple, singer, magician and Web-series celebrity. Harris is that rare actor who is not only able to thrive in almost every medium, but also appeals to divergent demographics — young and old, gay and straight, highbrow snobs and lowbrow comedy fans.
September 11, 2009 | Alan Zarembo
Tarzana Treatment Center, the largest publicly funded provider of drug rehabilitation in Los Angeles County, paid hundreds of thousands of dollars beyond what the law allows to lease buildings from its own executives and board members over the last year, according to a report by county auditors. The review was ordered by county supervisors in June after a Times story revealed that executives at the nonprofit receive compensation that is unusually high for the industry and benefit from other lucrative financial arrangements.
July 31, 2011 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I own three apartments and allowed a young woman to move in without giving me a security deposit or the first month's rent. I felt sorry for her because she told me that she had just left an abusive relationship. For the first couple of months she was late with the rent but she eventually caught up. In the last several months she has not paid at all. Every time I ask her for the rent, she promises to pay but doesn't. Lately she just ducks me altogether. What can I do? Answer: You need to apply a business model approach to your decision to rent to new tenants.
December 22, 2012 | Sandy Banks
When Tony Tolbert turned 50 last year, he marked the occasion by moving in with his mother. The decision wasn't about money. He's a Harvard-educated attorney, on the staff of UCLA's law school. And it wasn't because his mother wanted or needed him home. It was Tolbert's response to the sort of midlife milestone that prompts us to take stock. Instead of buying a sports car, he decided to turn his home - rent free - over to strangers. He'd been inspired by a magazine article about a family that sold their house, squeezed into a tiny replacement and donated to charity the $800,000 proceeds from the sale.
October 11, 1997
Bravo to Lewis Janowsky (Calendar Letters, Sept. 28). I suffered through the entirely incoherent first act of "Rent" in New York in April 1996. Nevertheless I returned for Act 2, thinking perhaps I could connect in some way. Unfortunately that didn't happen. Act 2 began with two women singing unintelligible lyrics to A Tone music. I left in despair. "Rent," like "Phantom," is a product of phenomenal hype. RICHARD GENOVESE Toluca Lake Does anybody else find it ironic that on the 40th anniversary of "West Side Story's" opening on Broadway, "the juggernaut that is 'Rent' " (as Laurie Winer described it in her review, Sept.
June 1, 1985
Your editorial is off base. In cities where rent control has been given a fair trial, it has been a life saver not only to the elderly living on fixed incomes but also to millions of low-income workers. Removal of rent controls in Los Angeles would result in hardship to tens of thousands. IRVING MITCHELL Los Angeles
July 19, 2002
Landlords will always find a way around whatever law there is, particularly if the tenants are ignorant of their rights ("Council Halts Evictions, Will Tighten Law," July 17). If the building isn't old enough to be protected by rent control, the landlord just raises the rent through the roof ($600 a month in our case) so that the tenant has no choice but to leave. Families trade buildings among themselves so as to have new owners when it's convenient to raise rents. Greed will always find a way to hurt good people.
February 12, 1989
While I am not an apartment owner, Mr. Yarmark's poignant letter struck a chord with me. (Times, Feb. 5.) Why can't our courts enforce the U.S. Constitution? The Fifth Amendment of the Bill of Rights clearly states that the government shall not take our property without just compensation; forcing a property owner to rent a $900-a-month apartment for $400 a month is plainly and simply theft in the amount of $6,000 a year. It is easy to personalize the issue, i.e., fixed-income renter versus rich landowner.
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