December 16, 2013 |
Question: In looking recently at Enterprise's car rental rates in the Los Angeles area, I notice that it stipulates that the car must remain in California, Arizona and Nevada. I chose another agency that did not have such a restriction. Do they have a tracking device in the vehicle? What are the consequences if I travel to other areas? Also, when I returned a different rental car, this one in Portland, Ore., the agency told me to bring a gas receipt from a station within five miles of the airport to show that the tank was filled.
November 28, 2013 |
Question: I own a second house where my son lives while he attends college during the school year. During summer breaks, he usually goes to live someplace else for an internship or he travels, so I like to rent out rooms in the house to teachers who are in town for continuing education classes. Generally the teachers stay anywhere from a week to the whole summer. I don't know much about being a landlord. Would any fair housing laws apply to these summer rental arrangements? Answer: Fair housing protections exist under both federal and state law. The scope of protection differs between the two. Both statutes cover "dwellings," but under the federal statute, a dwelling is exempted from the fair housing laws if a homeowner-landlord is renting a single-family house and owns three or fewer single-family houses, or if a homeowner is renting out a dwelling room or unit that contains living quarters, and he/she lives at the site and shares these living quarters with the tenant.
November 13, 2013 |
And the last movie ever rented in a Blockbuster goes to "This Is the End," a 2013 apocalyptic comedy featuring James Franco, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogan. Quite fitting, no? It was 11 p.m. in Hawaii, Saturday night. A man picked up the film "This Is the End" and wound up posing for a photograph with two Blockbuster employees. The image was tweeted by Blockbuster's official company account with the caption "The last BLOCKBUSTER rental 11/9 Hawaii 11PM @ThisIsTheEnd #BlockbusterMemories @Sethrogen @JamesFrancoTV @JonahHill ” Word of the tweet got back to "This Is the End" lead actor Seth Rogan, who retweeted the special moment.
November 12, 2013 |
The popular, low-cost Kauai Sands Hotel is welcoming guests to one of “America's Prettiest Towns” -- Kapaa on the island of Kauai -- with a special offer that includes a free rental car and breakfast. The “Free Car Promotion” at the beachfront Kauai Sands includes an upgraded, pool-view room, a compact car and parking. Hotel guests also get a free continental breakfast. Rates are $135-$149 a night. The offer is good through Dec. 24. The hotel is near art galleries, boutiques and restaurants in Kapaa, recently singled out in Forbes magazine . One of the judges of the “Prettiest Towns,” travel writer Andrew Evans, sang the praises of the sleepy Kauai community.
November 10, 2013 |
Regarding "The World Within" by Amanda Jones, Nov. 3: Unless you are so rich that you can travel to the Ananda spa in northern India in a private jet, I take issue with the claim that guests there can clear a gentle path to inner stillness. On arrival in India, a country with 11 times the population density of the U.S. but 8% of its annual income, you are facing a population 70% of which lives on $2 a day. And if you ride a train to northern India, you come face to face with the poor hordes.
November 5, 2013 |
You're happier with your rental car experience, except when you shop based on price. Those are among the findings of a J.D. Power rental car satisfaction study released Tuesday, which also showed National as the top-ranking company. “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man's lawful prey.” That quote, often attributed to English writer John Ruskin, bears out what the J.D. Power study found: More than a third of car rental customers shop based on the cost of renting the car, but the joy of the good deal didn't correlate with satisfaction.
October 27, 2013 |
Question: We have been experiencing an outbreak of bedbugs in one of our rental communities. Our exterminator inspected the entire property and then told us he would need to use a specially trained dog to sniff out the bedbugs in the individual units. We gave each resident a 24-hour notice that we would be entering each unit with a trained dog to inspect for bugs. One of the residents came to our office after we issued these notices. She said that it would violate her religious beliefs to allow a dog to sniff around her unit and belongings.
October 13, 2013 |
Southern California's office market has moved ever so slightly in favor of landlords. In the just-finished third quarter of 2013, the overall vacancy rate fell a tiny bit, and average monthly rents ticked up a few cents. The slight upward shift was typical of the last several quarters. The region's office rental market stabilized after the recession, but has not picked up steam the way it did during previous economic recoveries. "This is uncharted territory," said research analyst Petra Durnin of property brokerage Cushman & Wakefield.
October 7, 2013 |
Forget everything you know about renting a car at the airport: finding the office, getting in line and waiting for a representative at the counter. And then there's all the paperwork. Instead, imagine completing the entire transaction, from reservation to dropoff, on your mobile device. That's the promise of Silvercar, a newish car-rental company that will begin serving incoming passengers at Los Angeles International Airport starting Nov. 4. Here's how it works: A concierge meets you at the airport and drives you to an off-site location to pick up a car. Scan the QR code on the windshield with your smartphone or mobile device, which unlocks the car, and you're good to go. The company, based in Austin, Texas, rents only new silver Audi A4s that come equipped with Google Earth GPS navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, in-car Wi-Fi and, where needed, a tag for tolls at no additional charge.
October 2, 2013 |
Residential blocks east of Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles are filling in as the area attracts more young singles, couples and baby boomers. Six real estate parcels, now mostly parking lots in the shadow of AT&T Center, have been purchased in what may be the largest downtown land acquisition since the recession. And a $750-million residential complex there is on the drawing boards. Sleek high-rise apartment towers, shops and restaurants are to rise along a path of real estate development spreading east from Staples that is transforming a former asphalt-covered dead zone in South Park into a more pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.