People who live in a Venice Beach neighborhood are fed up with homeless people renting vans to sleep in that are parked on public streets. It's a problem that is not confined to this Venice neighborhood, as the homeless population in Californ...
People who live in a Venice Beach neighborhood are fed up with homeless people renting vans to sleep in that are parked on public streets. It's a problem that is not confined to this Venice neighborhood, as the homeless population in California has reached crisis levels.
In the stretch on Riviera Avenue near Grand Boulevard, three vans come back registered to the same person: he's known as the "vanlord."
Neighbors said he rents them out for as much as $300 a month, moving them from street to street.
"Any homeless people watching - don't rent from people like this!" Lucas Dark said.
Dark is a homeless man who's looking for the so-called vanlord because he says he's been renting a van for the past 12 weeks, and paying $300 a month.
But Tuesday, the van was moved with all his belongings inside. He says the vanlord has more than a dozen vehicles that he rents out on Craigslist.
It's illegal to sleep in a vehicle on designated residential streets in Venice Beach. Neighbors said along with taking up limited parking spaces, some van dwellers toss sewage and trash on public sidewalks. "We've seen them dumping buckets; coming out and dropping their pants and using driveways as a latrine," said Mark Ryavec of the Venice Stakeholders Association.
Neighbors have called the Los Angeles Police Department about the vanlord but have yet to receive a response.
LAPD said they're aware of the problem with van rentals and they are investigating. But they admit it's a hard problem to solve because they have to catch the person inside the van during overnight hours in order to issue a citation.