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  • Why Owning a House is Financial Suicide

    11/12/2015 11:23:52 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 100 replies
    News.Com (Australia) ^ | November 13, 2015 08:32 GMT | James Altucher
    OWNING your own house is as much the Australian dream as the American dream, and it's one that feels increasingly out of reach for many. But when one user on Quora pondered whether it was ultimately better to rent or own your own home, blogger and investor James Altucher penned this highly controversial response: I am sick of me writing about this. Do you ever get sick of yourself? I am sick of me. But every day I see more propaganda about the American Dream of owning the home. I see codewords a $15 trillion dollar industry uses to hypnotise...
  • A Nation of Sharecroppers, the "Rental Society" ~ Vanity

    05/01/2015 12:43:00 PM PDT · by GraceG · 24 replies
    Is it just me or does it seem to me that inthe last 10 years maybe longer that the overwhelming pressure in society is to become a "rental" based economy vs. an "ownership" economy? We see this everywhere, from local businessees offering leasing options for people wanting to buy items like TV's, Furniture, and Appliances, to propsals being made in government to collect "taxes" on miles drven on cars. Over a hundred years ago, Property taxes were the first step to establishing the idea that one doesn't even truly own the land under thier own feet that they may have...
  • Study: Seattle Worker Needs Minimum Wage Of $21.60/Hour To Afford Two-Bedroom Rental

    03/26/2014 2:29:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 51 replies
    KPLU ^ | 3/24/14 | Ashley Gross
    Even hiking the minimum wage to $15 an hour may not be enough to allow low-wage workers to afford rent in Seattle, according to a new study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The group says a full-time worker in the Seattle-Bellevue metro area needs to earn $21.60 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment. That’s the so-called housing wage that the group calculates. In Washington state, the housing wage is $18.65 per hour. The group estimated that the worker spends no more than 30 percent of his or her income on rent and utilities. For the price of...
  • Milwaukee Ald. Jim Bohl under investigation for suspected coercion

    12/20/2013 2:46:42 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 12-19-13 | Bruce Vielmetti and Don Walker
    Milwaukee Ald. Jim Bohl is under investigation for allegedly causing a landlord to get hit with a slew of code violations after he refused to evict two sex offenders from a property in the alderman's district. Investigators from the district attorney's office believe Bohl then had the landlord's records falsely wiped clean after the landlord said he had broken a state housing contract for the offenders. The landlord, in fact, did not break that contract. The investigation is revealed in a search warrant that seeks phone and email records of Bohl; his aide Todd Peterson; Department of Neighborhood Services inspector...
  • Outrage as Car Rental Company Redraws Israel's Borders

    08/22/2013 10:24:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    inn ^ | 8/22/13 | Uzi Baruch
    Israeli customers of the global car rental agency "SixT" have expressed their surprise and anger at the company's decision to unilaterally erase Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights from its maps of Israel. Information gathered by Arutz Sheva reveals that the company's European branches made the decision to take the politically-charged step, which effectively takes sides in the as-yet unresolved dispute between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. A number of customers contacted Arutz Sheva after carrging out their transactions in Israel through the company's Israeli branch, "Shlomo Sixt," only to find upon arriving in Europe that the company had erased...
  • Obama's $2.5M Hotel and 'Vehicle Rental' Tab on Last Mexico Trip

    05/01/2013 11:51:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/1/13 | Jeryl Bier
    As the White House first announced in March, Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Mexico and Costa Rica later this week. The trip is billed as "an important opportunity to reinforce the deep cultural, familial, and economic ties that so many Americans share with Mexico and Central America." And at yesterday’s White House press conference, the president stated that he is "very much looking forward to taking the trip down to Mexico" this week. But the trip won’t exactly be cheap for taxpayers, assuming the costs mirror those incurred by the American taxpayers for President Obama's last trip to Mexico,...
  • Am I being unreasonable?

    07/20/2012 6:29:27 PM PDT · by Krankor · 68 replies
    Free Republic | 7//20/12 | Krankor
    I need some Freeper advice. I own a home with a garden rental apartment. My tenant is a nice person who pays her rent on time. She has a dog I like and he is allowed free reign to use the yard. I often go out and play with him. The dog loves to play under a lawn sprinkler and he does it for hours at a time. No problem. She often brings her friends' dogs to play in the yard with hers. Again, no problem. Unfortunately, she often leaves his little gifts in the yard for two or three...
  • Bank of America to offer rentals as foreclosure alternative

    03/23/2012 10:47:09 AM PDT · by TopDeadCenter · 18 replies · 1+ views
    independentmail.com ^ | 23-March-2012 | AP
    NEW YORK — Bank of America says it has begun a pilot program offering some of its mortgage customers who are facing foreclosure a chance to stay in their homes by becoming renters instead of owners. The "Mortgage to Lease" program, which was launched this week, will be available to fewer than 1,000 BofA customers selected by the bank in test markets in Arizona, Nevada and New York. Participants will transfer their home's title to the bank, which will then forgive the outstanding mortgage debt. In exchange, they will be able to lease their home for up to three years...
  • Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok

    02/14/2012 6:47:29 AM PST · by blam · 43 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-14-2012 | Robert Johnson
    Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok Robert JohnsonFeburary 14, 2012 One day after bombs targeting Israeli embassy staff went off in India and Georgia, another botched attack played out this morning in Bangkok. Through several reports, the incident appears to have played out something like this: Saeib Morabi, a suspected Iranian, was fleeing an explosion that rocked through his rented home in central Bangkok. While he was on the road looking for transportation, another explosion went off "on a nearby road." When Morabi finally managed to flag down a cab, the driver...
  • California: Legislature Approves Renter Smoking Ban

    08/18/2011 5:52:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    FoxLa ^ | 08/15/11
    Legislature Approves Renter Smoking Ban Updated: Monday, 15 Aug 2011, 7:12 PM PDT Published : Monday, 15 Aug 2011, 7:12 PM PDT Sacramento - Landlords will be able to ban smoking on their properties, including inside rental units, if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill sent to him by the state Senate. Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles says his bill is designed to give families more smoke-free options. He says 86 percent of Californians don't smoke, yet smoke-free multifamily housing remains comparatively rare.
  • Obama prepares for career as landlord (Uncle Sam in the Property Rental Business)

    08/11/2011 11:11:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/11/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s an idea so beautiful in its simplicity and so perfectly targeted to cure one of our biggest national headaches that many readers will be slapping their foreheads in one of those, “I could have had a V-8″ moments. The housing market is still in the tank and the government has been forced to foreclose on countless properties which now sit vacant, generating no tax revenue. The nation’s coffers are running dry and we have to tackle our debt problem. But nobody wants to raise taxes. What to do?Why, you kill two birds with one stone, of course! We’ll let...
  • Gov't considers turning foreclosures into rentals

    08/10/2011 1:41:45 PM PDT · by tpmintx · 63 replies
    AP ^ | 8/10/2011 | DEREK KRAVITZ
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration may turn thousands of government-owned foreclosures into rental properties to help boost falling home prices.
  • Pa. lawsuit: Rental firm spies on users (Aaron's Rentals)

    05/03/2011 10:44:02 AM PDT · by rawhide · 12 replies · 1+ views
    ajc.com ^ | 5-3-11 | JOE MANDAK
    A major furniture rental chain has software on its computers that lets it track the keystrokes,screenshots and even webcam images of customers while they use the devices at home, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Wyoming couple who said they learned about the PC Rental Agent "device and/or software" inside the computer they rented last year when an Aaron's Inc. store manager in Casper came to their home on Dec. 22. The manager tried to repossess the computer because he mistakenly believed the couple hadn't finished paying for it, the couple said....
  • New issue postpones hearing challenging Santa Cruz rental inspection ordinance

    04/13/2011 11:06:22 AM PDT · by SteveH · 6 replies
    The Santa Cruz Sentinal ^ | 04/07/2011 08:19:30 PM PDT | Cathy Kelly
    SANTA CRUZ - A judge Thursday asked Santa Cruz city attorneys to research a new issue raised by a property owner challenging the city's rental inspection ordinance. The Santa Cruz City Council passed an ordinance in September requiring owners of rental properties to register their units and eventually submit to inspection, and to pay fees for that. The law was written in part due to an agreement with UC Santa Cruz to prevent unsafe housing conditions and control student growth. Watsonville anti-tax advocate Harold Griffith sued the city days later, claiming the ordinance violates equal protection of law standards by...
  • Man challenging Santa Cruz rental inspection program in court (creative financing vs privacy right)

    04/13/2011 10:22:56 AM PDT · by SteveH · 4 replies
    KION News 46 (tv) ^ | Jan 19, 2011 6:16 AM PST Updated: Jan 26, 2011 4:20 PM PST | Matt de Nesnera
    Posted: SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Political activist Harold Griffith is challenging the city's new residential rental inspection program in court. Both sides will appear before a Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge Wednesday morning for a case management conference. According to the law, rental property owners would be required to register with the city – either for city inspection or self-certification. In court documents, Griffith argues the program violates equal protection rights because it doesn't require inspection for all rentals. The ordinance, which passed last fall, states there are some exceptions, including "rooms rented to single individuals in an owner-occupied...
  • Hypocritical Heartless Hutchinson

    01/31/2011 10:23:19 AM PST · by kathsua · 5 replies
    topix Hutchinson ^ | 1/31/11 | reasonmclucus
    Several years ago the City of Hutchinson, Kansas, told a federal judge that the city shouldn't be forced to install the sidewalk ramps for wheelchairs required by federal law because it couldn't afford to do so. Since that time the city has given money to a large corporation and spent money on a hiking trail among other things. The city could find money for a hiking trail for the able-bodied but not sidewalks so those with mobility problems could get to the store. Now the hypocritical city staff is trying to convince the city council that people would be required...
  • Mom and kids find loaded gun in rental car

    01/28/2011 7:44:41 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 140 replies
    WOAI.COM ^ | 01/27/2011 | Demond Fernandez
    SAN ANTONIO - Deborah Gonzalez says she is pretty heated with Hertz Rent A Car on San Pedro Avenue. Gonzales and her family say they found a loaded gun in a car they rented last week. "I was horrified," said Gonzalez. "I couldn't even speak. I broke down crying because there was a loaded gun in my hands, and I don't know where it came from." Gonzalez says she was riding in the car with her 2-year-old and 3-year-old grandchildren. She stumbled across the gun while picking up a child's shoe that fell under the driver's seat. "I kept yanking,...
  • Obama's Winter White House an Illegal Rental (Honolulu ban on short-term rentals)

    01/06/2011 5:51:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Civil Beat ^ | 1/05/11 | Adrienne LaFrance
    Obama's Winter White House an Illegal RentalBy Adrienne LaFrance 01/05/2011 President Barack Obama's two-week stay at his Hawaii Winter White House was illegal under a long-standing Honolulu ban on short-term rentals. Obama did not break the law by staying at the house, but the property owner who rented his house to the Obamas does not have the permit that would allow a stay of fewer than 30 days. Glenn Weinberg, the owner of the Kailua estate, told Civil Beat that it was legal for him to rent to the president for a short stay because he kept the home empty...
  • Many Americans struggling with rising rental housing costs

    04/22/2010 8:08:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies · 614+ views
    Mcclatchy ^ | 4/22/10 | Tony Pugh
    WASHINGTON — The gap between the cost of renting a modest apartment and the wages of working families continues to widen, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. "Out of Reach 2010" paints a gloomy picture for the nation's nearly 38 million renters, who make up a third of U.S. households. On average, a family must earn $38,355 a year, $18.44 an hour, to afford a simple two-bedroom apartment at the 2010 national average fair market rent of $959.
  • Room rental demand, downsizing rise as more people displaced

    02/07/2010 10:04:54 AM PST · by Signalman · 15 replies · 582+ views
    Ventura County Star ^ | 2/6/2010 | Jenni Mintz
    Room for rent: No drugs, drama or pets. Must be mellow and employed. Living with housemates is not exactly ideal, but it’s a choice many people are making to get through tough times. Job losses and other financial constraints are forcing people to reduce living expenses in a big way. For some, that might mean downsizing from a house to an apartment — or just a room. Some people have had to move home with the folks. Others are able to remain in their homes, but only by bringing in boarders to help cover costs. Living on your own in...
  • Investigation Finds Leading Rental Car Company Sold Vehicles Without Air Bags

    08/18/2009 12:23:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies · 949+ views
    Fox news ^ | 8/18/09 | staff
    One of the nation’s leading rental car companies recently ordered thousands of cars without side impact airbags in an attempt to save millions of dollars, then later sold the cars to buyers without the standard safety feature, according to a report from the Kansas City Star. According to the report, Enterprise Rent-A-Car ordered a fleet of Chevy Impalas without the side impact
  • Blockbuster launches film downloads from Internet

    12/31/2008 7:40:09 AM PST · by Troll_House_Cookies · 72 replies · 1,413+ views
    Times Dispatch ^ | 29 Dec 2008
    Blockbuster Inc. has launched a service that delivers movies to your home via the Internet, as the DVD rental giant looks to expand ways it provides movies to customers. The service is "Blockbuster on Demand" and requires a box made by 2Wire Inc. At least initially, the box is included free if customers rent 25 movies in advance for $99. . . . Blockbuster on Demand is pay as you go, with movies costing between $1.99 and $3.99, Keyes said. You have 30 days to watch the movie, but only 24 hours to finish watching once you start. With Netflix,...

    11/23/2008 6:37:41 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies · 1,049+ views
    NY Post ^ | 11/23/08 | ISABEL VINCENT & JILL CULORA
    RANGEL DOUBLE-DEAL$REAPED DC HOME PERK WHILE BENDING APPLE RENTAL RULES By ISABEL VINCENT and JILL CULORA Last updated: 1:16 am November 23, 2008 Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel took a "homestead" tax break on a Washington, DC, house for years while simultaneously occupying multiple rent-stabilized apartments in New York City, possibly violating laws and regulations in both cases. The situation raises a number of potential problems for the congressman, including: * New York City law requires that tenants use rent-stabilized apartments as their primary residence. * DC's real Property Homestead Deduction Act also requires that a property receiving the benefit be...
  • Driving in the slow lane

    07/08/2008 12:23:40 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 58+ views
    The Economist ^ | July 1, 2008 | Staff
    A Hertz-eye view of the global economy NOTHING is more irksome about hiring a rental car than knowing you will be ripped off if you return the car without a full tank of petrol. The rental-car firms invented over-priced gas long before the world’s oil markets discovered it. Now Hertz, the world’s leading rental-car company, is throwing customers a bone. On July 1st it ended the practice of charging a huge premium for filling the tank of a returned car. Instead, customers will pay a flat fee of $6.99, and the average market rate for petrol at the three nearest...
  • Escondido council stops court fight on rental ordinance (Illegals)

    12/13/2006 10:18:50 PM PST · by ArmstedFragg · 12 replies · 588+ views
    North County Times ^ | 12/13/2006 | Quinn Eastman
    In a significant turnaround, the Escondido City Council announced Wednesday night that it has halted its efforts to defend in court a city ordinance that would punish landlords for renting to illegal immigrants.
  • Slow times at the video store

    11/27/2006 9:53:08 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 14 replies · 518+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/26/06 | Taryn Plumb
    Left behind by Netflix, DVDs, and on-demand cable service, outlets are dying off; popcorn, tanning salons keep some alive If it were an old Western movie, this would be the faded boomtown. It's silent save for the buzz of fluorescent lighting and the familiar "swish-clunk" of DVDs slipping through an outside drop-box. A smattering of customers -- one, maybe two at a time -- stroll in, getting lost in tall stacks filled with dusty gems such as "Divine Trash" and "Cactus Flower." One elderly gentleman passes through a door in the back to a beyond not suitable for children. At...
  • Landlords campaign for veto of 2-month notice to tenants

    09/02/2006 2:21:46 PM PDT · by radar101 · 19 replies · 637+ views
    Sacto Bee ^ | 2 Sept 2006 | Jim Wasserman
    California's landlords, who face a possible return of two-month notices to move out long-term tenants, have launched a postcard campaign urging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto the idea. Landlords across Sacramento and the state say a one-month notice is enough when asking tenants to leave for no cause. It's used to evict problem renters and to move out tenants for condo conversions and new ownership. "The 30-days notice is one of the few remaining tools that owners and managers have to remove problem residents such as drug dealers and gang members," said Cory Koehler, deputy director of the Rental Housing...
  • Netflix sues Blockbuster to shut online service

    04/04/2006 10:59:40 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 77 replies · 1,361+ views
    news.com ^ | April 4, 2006,
    Online DVD rental company Netflix on Tuesday sued rival Blockbuster for patent infringement, asking a federal judge in Northern California to shut down Blockbuster's 18-month-old online rental service and award Netflix damages, according to a copy of the filing. Blockbuster declined to comment, saying it had not received a copy of the lawsuit. Netflix, which was founded in 1999, holds two U.S. patents for its business methodology, which calls for subscribers to pay a monthly fee to select and rent DVDs from the company's Web site and to maintain a list of titles telling Netflix in which order to ship...
  • Rental crunch(mean Bush admin not supporting our welfare neighbors)

    05/11/2005 6:16:37 AM PDT · by marylandrepub1 · 11 replies · 606+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | May 11, 2005
    WITH 14,000 FAMILIES on a waiting list for a federally funded rent-assistance program, it is unfortunate that the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) allowed portions of its allotted rental vouchers to go unused, triggering a permanent reduction in the total number of vouchers paid for by the federal government this year and in subsequent years. What's worse is that the cut in voucher funding comes at a time when federal support for affordable and public housing programs nationwide is being slashed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The city's working poor and low-income families can hardly...
  • Moratorium on FarenHype 9-11

    10/29/2004 8:12:42 PM PDT · by concretebob · 16 replies · 1,058+ views
    29 October 2004 | concrete.bob
    My son manages a couple of local video rental stores. We were talking about the aforementioned DVD tonite and I asked about availability on the rental side. (I have a copy, I was just curious.) He informed me that the distributor has the title in its catalog, but that it had been placed on "moratorium". In effect it was unavailable to rent.
  • Video Stores renting Farenheit 9/11 for Free

    10/26/2004 2:07:08 PM PDT · by aaCharley · 60 replies · 2,079+ views
    Need to go get them. Return on Wednesday, Nov. 3. VIDEO STORES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE JOINING IN THE EFFORT TO MAKE SURE AMERICANS SEE FAHRENHEIT 9/11 BEFORE THE ELECTION Oscar-winning filmmaker and best-selling author Michael Moore will announce the official kickoff to "Fahrenheit for Free" at a "Slacker Uprising Tour" event in Indiana, PA at 8:00 PM, Tuesday, October 26. Moore is joining forces with over 150 video store operators from across the country in an effort to get as many Americans as possible to see the film before the election. Participating video stores across the country will be...
  • Pigs, Lies and Videotape

    10/10/2004 6:41:43 AM PDT · by Wil H · 35 replies · 1,005+ views
    Vanity | 10/10 | Wil H
    Yesterday I visited my local video store and was upset to see a line of Michael Moore’s sneering images staring at me from the shelf. Yes, Fahrenheit 9/11 is now available as a rental. I browsed a while, and then I noticed that I was not the only one upset by the gloating pig-like stare; someone was picking up copies of his movie one at a time, then while quietly continuing to browse, he slid them in behind another movie somewhere else in the store, a movie that would likely not be rented, like “Ishtar” or “The Care Bear’s Christmas”....
  • Help requested from Phoenix area Motorcycle Riders

    08/18/2004 8:17:06 AM PDT · by slouch-no-more · 13 replies · 452+ views
    August 18, 2004 | slouch_no_more
    Looking to rent two motorcycles in Phoenix on Novenber 6.
  • Apartment Glut Forces Owners to Cut Rents in Much of U.S.

    11/28/2003 10:20:59 PM PST · by TheMole · 7 replies · 253+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 29, 2003 | DAVID LEONHARDT
    November 29, 2003 Apartment Glut Forces Owners to Cut Rents in Much of U.S.By DAVID LEONHARDT EMPHIS, Nov. 25 — Renting an apartment in much of the country these days can feel a little like waking up on your birthday. Waiting for the tenants in some building lobbies around Memphis every morning are free cups of Starbucks coffee. In the Atlanta suburbs, people who move into one garden-style apartment building receive $500 gift certificates to Best Buy, the electronics chain. In Cleveland, Denver and many other cities, landlords have been giving new tenants gifts worth $1,000 or more: one,...
  • Homeland Security takes a piece of the car rental business.

    12/23/2002 5:14:07 PM PST · by Mixer · 31 replies · 333+ views
    Vanity | 12/23/2002 | Self
    Today I called a mojor car rental company to rent a car. I was recently in an accident and need a rental car while my car is getting fixed. I went over the details with the rental sales person and at the very end she informed me that there is a $2 per day charge that insurance will not cover that goes straight to Homeland Security. She also informed me that it is not her company alone, but that all rental compnaies are doing this. I had not heard about this, here on FR, or otherwise. Is anyone else familar...