In cities where housing is in short supply like New York and San Francisco, permanent residents are understandably upset when their landlords boot them out to use their apartments as mini-hotels. To prove that this is happening, ousted tenants are turning to private detectives who monitor their former apartments as if they were cheating spouses. [More]
It might be only people who enjoy renting an entire apartment to vacation in New York City who remember the legal fight between the state of New York and Airbnb over a new state law. Last month, the governor signed a bill limiting rentals in New York City and imposes stiffer penalties on people who rent out entire apartments. While it’s a state law, the lawsuit has been dismissed, and it’s the city that will enforce the law. [More]
If you’re the kind of person who’s read and tried every recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking (or you’ve at least seen that movie about the woman who did) you’ve already gotten pretty close to the legendary Julia Child. But now you can get even closer: you can rent out the chef’s cottage in Provence and cook in her kitchen (or sleep in it, if you want). [More]
Just two months after Expedia completed its last big purchase, the travel-booking enterprise has hit the market again, offering $3.9 billion to buy vacation rental company HomeAway. [More]
For many, summer means renting a vacation home. Perhaps you dream of a week at the beach or some quiet time at a secluded lakeside cottage deep in the woods. Whatever your vacation fantasy, don’t let your excitement for some time away lure you into making a major vacation mistake. [More]
Popmoney seems like a great idea, and lots of banks offer it to their customers. It’s sort of like PayPal, but without having to deal with PayPal. You send people money using their mobile number or e-mail address. It’s a new offering from Fiserv, a company that you probably haven’t heard of but have most likely done business with indirectly. They handle money transfers behind the scenes for banks, and other financial institutions.
Reader Kelly wants to know if she should risk renting a vacation house that is in foreclosure.