Mar-a-Lago is taxed as a private club, not a residence. So can Trump vote as a Florida man?
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — President Donald Trump is planning to cast his ballot in person for the first time in Palm Beach County this weekend.But some have questioned whether he can legally vote as a Florida man because his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach is taxed as a private club and not as a residential property. Jim Watson, a Boynton Beach resident, filed an elections fraud complaint in June challenging Trump’s ability to vote in Florida, The Washington Post reported.Trump intends to cast his ballot Saturday at one of Palm Beach County’s 18 early-voting sites, White House officials said. In...
Signs of 'financial stress' emerge in survey of Twin Cities rent payers
MINNEAPOLIS — September was a more difficult month for working-class and low-income renters in the Twin Cities.With federal assistance in limbo, 85% of people who lived in the oldest, most affordable market-rate rentals (Class C buildings) were able to pay their rent by Oct. 6 when the grace period for late rents typically ends, according to the Minnesota Multi Housing Association’s monthly survey of more than 35,000 market-rate units, most of them in the metro. That’s down from 88% last month and 94% last year, and doesn’t include heavily subsidized and Section 8 rentals.Cecil Smith, presiden...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
GM's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant renamed 'Factory ZERO' amid shift to all-electric
DETROIT — The iconic General Motors factory that straddles two cities is getting a new moniker as GM turns it into its most modern plant in the country.Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly will now be Factory ZERO, serving as the “launchpad” for GM’s multi-brand EV strategy, GM said Friday.“Factory ZERO is the next battleground in the EV race and will be GM’s flagship assembly plant in our journey to an all-electric future,” said Gerald Johnson, GM executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. “The electric trucks and SUVs that will be built here will help transform GM and the automotive industry.”T...
Detroit Free Press
Real estate Q&A: Can a landlord demand rent if tenant can't stay in apartment after a natural disaster?
Q: My sister leases an apartment in an area hit by a natural disaster and was forced to evacuate. Now she cannot return to her apartment due to damaged roads and is temporarily renting elsewhere. Her landlord is unwilling to work with her and is demanding rent even though it is impossible to use the apartment. What can she do? — ColleenA: The law in most states provides that, at a minimum, when a property is damaged or destroyed by a disaster, the tenant can terminate the lease and find a new place to live.If the home is only partially damaged, but the rest is still habitable, the rent will be...
Giuliani pitches for the president in a packed Philly office space, some fans in 'Save Columbus' masks
PHILADELPHIA — About 75 Donald Trump supporters — many of them wearing masks with an Italian flag and the words Save Columbus — squeezed shoulder-to-shoulder into the campaign’s Northeast Philadelphia office Monday night to hear former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani make a case for the president.The crowd at the rally billed as Italians for Trump fawned over Giuliani — “Next mayor of Philadelphia — Rudy!” yelled one attendee — who emphasized the importance of Pennsylvania for the president’s reelection.“You know how important your state was last time?” he asked.The event was originally sche...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
McDonald's HQ to sell for about $420 million, a record for Chicago's Fulton Market district
CHICAGO — Developer Sterling Bay has a deal to sell McDonald’s headquarters building for about $420 million, in what would be the highest-priced property sale of the year and a record price for the booming Fulton Market district.An obscure investor from the Pittsburgh area, Normandy Properties, has a preliminary deal to buy the 575,000-square-foot office building at 110 N. Carpenter St., according to people familiar with the deal.The sale has not been finalized, and it could still fall apart. An exact price could not be determined, but it is believed to be about $420 million. A deal would repr...
GoPuff, the Wawa on wheels, raises another $380 million, says it's worth nearly $4 billion
GoPuff, the Philadelphia-based, delivery service that prospered as convenience stores lost business under Covid-19 restrictions, said Thursday it has raised another $380 million, from investors led by Silicon Valley’s Accel Partners and D1 Capital Partners of New York.That’s on top of $750 million — plus $250 million in future commitments — that the company raised from the giant, Japan-based Softbank Vision Fund, Accel and other investors last winter. Softbank also contributed to the latest capital raise, as did Luxor Capital, a New York hedge fund.Flush with investor cash, goPuff, which offer...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Real estate Q&A: Our lease doesn't end for 9 months. Is it reasonable for prospective tenants to tour our home?
Q: We recently renewed our lease for another year. The property manager wants to tour my house with potential new tenants. Our lease does not end for nine months. This seems off, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. What is our recourse? — JordanA: This does seem odd, but there may be a valid reason to start now. In tropical areas popular with “snowbirds,” it is necessary to find next year’s tenant well in advance since most potential tenants leave for cooler weather in the spring.As with most landlord and tenant questions, the first step is to review your lease carefully. Many leases will...
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Eric Trump testifies in New York AG’s probeU.S. President Donald Trump’s son Eric was questioned under oath by the New York attorney general’s office, which is probing whether the family’s real estate company falsely reported property values to get loans or tax benefits, according to a person familiar with the matter.Eric Trump, an executive vice president at the Trump Organization, was deposed on Monday via video-conference after initially refusing to provide testimony and then unsuccessfully trying to postpone it until after the November election, said the person, who declined to be identifi...
Tribune News Service
Glass Fire: New evacuation orders Sunday as state passes 4 million acres burned
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Fire crews worked through another hot, dry day in northern Napa County as they continued to try to stop the stubborn Glass Fire, which forced new evacuation orders in California’s Wine Country and helped set a staggering record, with more than 4 million acres burned so far.“I thought 2018 was horrendous,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection deputy chief Scott McLean said Sunday. “There are really no words to describe it.”Two years ago, the state saw a then-record 1.67 million acres burn. This year, California passed the 4 million acre milestone — an area la...
The Mercury News