November 18, 2008 12:18 ET

Westside Rentals, California's Largest Home Rental Service, Lends a Helping Hand to California's Fire Victims

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - November 18, 2008) -, the leading home finding service in California, announced today a plan that would help fire victims whose homes were lost or damaged due to the recent blazes by offering a free Westside Rentals membership and waving home security deposit fees. Founder and owner Mark Verge made the offer days after the California fires blackened over 42,000 acres consuming nearly 65 square miles and burning more than 1,000 homes since Thursday night prompting Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare states of emergency in three fire raged counties.

Verge's commitment to relief in response to the fires has centered on the business he knows best: rental housing. The organization plans to leverage its strong relationship with regional landlords and property management firms by waving security deposit fees to ease the burden that the blazes have incurred on hundreds in the fire devastated areas.

While the 11-year-old Santa Monica-based organization continues to expand and serves individuals seeking home rentals, it has a loyal following amongst landlords attributed to free credit checks, hand delivery of free for rent signs and other valuable free services offered. The firm boasts the largest pool of rentals in the region with over 25,000 in Los Angeles, Orange County, and other Southern California areas. Westside Rentals has 7 offices including its latest located in Pacific Beach, which serves the San Diego market.

"Mark [Verge] remains committed to Californians. He grew up in Southern California and wants to help individuals and families that were affected by these horrible fires," said spokesman Randy Wecker. "The need is now and Westside Rentals is doing its best to lend a helping hand."

Those displaced by the fires and seeking rental housing can call 310.395.7368 and request a FREE Westside Rentals membership.

A standard membership to gives 60 days of access to the rental listings for $60, but fire victims can request a FREE pass. Landlords who wish to help with housing needs can advertise their vacancy for free on

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