| Jun 9, 2014
| 8:20 AM
A Northern California teen faces criminal charges connected with using stolen credit cards to rent a $240,000 sports car and a $12 million vacation home, authorities said.
Mohannad Halaweh, 19, of Rohnert Park, was scheduled to appear in court Monday on...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 10:45 AM
Summer vacations can be like overly long parties — fun for the invited but not always for neighbors and other bystanders. That has always been the challenge for those who live year-round in popular vacation destinations — tourists can...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 4:00 PM
The water district board in Marin County's Stinson Beach has approved a rationing plan months in the making that would give residents in the vacationers' haven an edge over owners of seasonal rental properties.
On Saturday, board members of the...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 2:30 AM
By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin
Q: I live in Georgia and my parents live in Florida. My parents are older, in their 80s, and they own four vacation homes that they rent.
These properties are rented, but the properties need some work to bring them up...
| Aug 12, 2014
With all the travel writers urging "rent early," you might think that "last-minute vacation rentals" is an oxymoron. Fortunately, it isn't. A newly launched British website, snaptrip.com, focuses on last-minute vacation rentals, and the industry giants...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 7:31 PM
Sarah Butler crammed garbage bags packed with laundry into her old Volkswagen van on her weekly run "over the hill" to Mill Valley.
Some of the 630 or so permanent residents of this Marin County town have recently begun to make this trek, thanks to...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 3:13 PM
Osceola County, often overshadowed by Orlando's global image as a vacation destination, is trying to stake out a patch of supremacy in Central Florida's crowded tourism landscape.
Citing its huge inventory of vacation properties for rent, it's...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 4:09 PM
The party is over for “party central.”
The owner of a roughly 4,000-square-foot Glendale home advertised as “party central” on Airbnb.com, an online vacation rental platform, has agreed to stop renting the house specifically for...
| Jan 7, 2014
When is the best time to visit a destination? When is the best time to buy air tickets? What is the best way to arrange hotel accommodations? What's the most reliable way to arrange a vacation rental? Although I cover a bunch of topics over the course...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 5:00 AM
It's one thing to manage a rental house when it's nearby. But it's another process entirely when the rental is in a distant vacation retreat. Unfortunately, many second-home buyers find that out the hard way.
According to a survey by HomeAway, an online...
| May 3, 2014
| 6:38 PM
The Watchdog is still in vacation mode. I just got back from a family trip to Florida. We had a blast.
This is the time of year when your mind may be on vacations, too. If you're looking ahead to a lazy summer trip, don't relax too much because...