| Feb 7, 2015
| 10:00 AM
Airbnb and similar "home sharing" websites have exploded in popularity in L.A., overwhelming city regulators who are struggling to collect tourist taxes and enforce long-standing restrictions on rentals.
Renting out rooms or homes for a few days or...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Baltimore hotels would be required to train their staffs to recognize signs of forced prostitution under proposed legislation that also would prohibit rooms from being rented for less than half a day.
City Councilman James B. Kraft said the anti-human...
| Jan 6, 2015
Dear Amy: My two adult kids live at home with my husband and me. Our son is 25; our daughter is 23. Both are college grads with good jobs. They make more money than I do.
I work and also do all the laundry and cooking. I don't mind having them home...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 6:54 PM
A recently enacted law that limits how long people can stay at motels in Costa Mesa was illegally designed to target low-income residents, a lawsuit filed against the city alleges.
The Public Law Center, a Santa Ana-based pro bono law firm, sued this...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 5:54 PM
Costa Mesa can, for now, keep enforcing an ordinance restricting long-term stays at local motels, despite a legal challenge alleging that the regulations unfairly target low-income residents.
On Tuesday, Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregory...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 8:55 PM
Costa Mesa can, for now, keep enforcing an ordinance restricting long-term stays at motels, despite a legal challenge alleging that the regulations unfairly target low-income residents.
Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregory Lewis denied a request...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 8:20 AM
Journalism is by nature an art – or a craft, depending on your take – of the present, that old cliché about it being the first draft of history. I see it more as snapshots of time, and it’s interesting sometimes to go back through some...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 7:42 PM
Getting a "roomie" has become an increasingly popular way to share expenses in a region where rents have continued to increase as wages have generally flattened.
More than 36 percent of working-age residents of Metro Orlando share a house, apartment or...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 3:40 PM
Acting on a neighbor's complaint, a West Hartford official has asked a homeowner to stop renting rooms through Airbnb. That might be the right response for now, but the Airbnb idea is an intriguing one, and local officials should study it more —...
| Sep 4, 2014
Skokie resident Jean Mulqueen says she never imagined she would be a widow at age 45, scrambling to make ends meet and attempting to pay a monthly mortgage with her income as a medical billing clerk.
Determined to avoid foreclosure on the house she...
| May 3, 2014
| 12:38 AM
Soccer fans coming to Rio de Janeiro for the World Cup can still find some reasonably-priced accommodations, as long as a love motel, slum or campsite is where they're looking.
The countdown to the month-long soccer tournament starting on June 12 has...