April 30, 2006
We live within two doors of three separate houses that are made available as "transient rentals" as covered in "It's a Vacation on the House," April 16. Ventura has been remiss in enforcing the city ordinances that prevent this abuse. These de-facto "hotels" are against the law and operate at a cost to the neighborhood living standard. JOHN WHITMAN Ventura
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2007 |
A proposed initiative to place restrictions on rentals of vacation homes received sufficient signatures and will be placed on the city's ballot next year, officials said. Some of the San Bernardino Mountains city's bed-and-breakfast owners blame a drop in business on rentals offered by cabin and vacation-home owners, who pay lower taxes and face less-stringent health and safety codes.
July 2, 1987 |
Kathy Batchelor remembers when all that was needed for horseback riding in the San Fernando Valley was a sturdy mount and an open trail. Those days are gone. Today, due to high insurance costs and limited riding areas, there are few Valley-based stables left that rent horses, and those that do require a guide to accompany all riders.
November 22, 2007 |
Blockbuster Inc. has begun testing movie rental kiosks at Papa John's pizza outlets and Family Dollar stores. Movies at the kiosks will be available for $1, substantially less than the cost for rentals at regular Blockbuster stores. The Blockbuster Express kiosks, which are about the size of a vending machine and hold 250 movies, are in three Papa John's International Inc. locations and seven Family Dollar Stores Inc. outlets in the Lexington, Ky.
April 12, 1998
[To our readers: Below is a list of vacation home rental agencies that appeared in the October 1997 issue of Consumer Reports Travel Letter, published by the nonprofit Consumer's Union organization. Please note that some telephone numbers or other information may have changed.] All agencies in our list rent to the public. We also provide information on travel clubs that specialize in vacation rentals, and directory sources.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1992 |
In a compromise measure that seeks to control summer "party houses," the City Council on Monday night gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that has won the backing of local real estate agents. If it wins final approval at the council's next meeting in two weeks, the proposal--a revised ordinance written after realtors complained that an earlier version would have irreparably damaged their businesses--would be in place by the start of the summer rental season.
June 6, 2005 |
The cost of renting a home in Los Angeles and elsewhere in Southern California is rising because of growing demand from people unable to buy. Rental prices in Los Angeles rose 4.6% in the fourth quarter to an average of $1,408 a month, spurred by a 20% increase in the price of previously owned homes, according to a report issued Saturday by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. The population of Southern California, home to 20.7 million people, may grow 7.
July 25, 2004 |
People who hoped to make easy money by renting their homes to delegates, journalists and others attending the Democratic National Convention have found themselves begging for tenants. "The problem is everybody got so greedy," said Beacon Hill resident John Gifford, an investment banker who rented his one-bedroom duplex for $1,000 to a Washington-based journalist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1997 |
In the second such action in less than a month, the city's Board of Zoning Appeals Tuesday upheld an appeal by the Tarzana Property Owners Assn. that requires Public Storage Inc. to stop renting moving trucks from a Burbank Boulevard self-storage facility. The decision was the latest setback for the company, which in September was prohibited by the board from renting trucks at a proposed facility on the corner of Ventura Boulevard and Vanalden Avenue.
August 28, 1999 |
Norway's Supreme Court declared Friday that it was legal to use such discriminatory statements as "foreigners unwanted" and "whites only" in real estate listings--a precedent that worries human rights activists. "This is a first test of the racism law. It is an encouragement for discrimination," Jesper Hansen of the Institution Against Public Discrimination said.