WBAL and other news outlets are reporting that a vacant home collapsed on top of a parked car earlier today in the 900 block of N Payson Street. The man who was in the car was died after being pulled out, according to WBAL.
The house, 900 N Payson Street, is listed as being owned by a Eugene D. Boykins of the same address. However, Mr. Boykins died in 1999. Two shell companies used by disbarred attorneys John Reiff, Anthony DeLaurentis, and John Reid purchased the tax lien on the property, and a judgement foreclosing right of redemption was issued in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City on February 6, 2013.
Of course the home could have been sold since the attorneys took possession, but when deeds are not properly recorded, not only do the state and city lose the recording fees and transfer taxes, owners of blighted property are able to remain in the shadows and therefore escape any accountability when things go wrong with their properties.
Update: In case you don’t read the comments under each blog post, John Reiff and Anthony Delaurentis were both reinstated to the Maryland Bar by the Court of Appeals on March 25 of this year.
This home has been vacant for many years, and it was originally added to the blog in 2009. Unfortunately, no action was taken and the house continued on its decline. It was purchased by Money Line Mortgage, LLC (717 N Union Street, Unit 111, Wilmington, DE 19085) in 2013.
Earlier this year, someone was sent to work on the home and clean it out, presumably to get it ready for sale. However, the company never bothered to pull any permits for the work, never got a dumpster for the trash they cleaned out, and left a 6-foot high trash heap in the rear of the home. As of yesterday, the roof and part of the rear wall have collapsed, and most of the trash heap remains.
Baltimore Housing filed for receivership of this property, and the first court date is July 24th. I urge all residents who live near this property to be present and be heard at this hearing. We cannot allow property owners to create hazards in our communities.
Here’s another photo of the property, courtesy of Reader AF:
A building at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Broadway in Fells Point collapsed this morning, causing Eastern Avenue to be closed in both directions.
The building, 500 South Broadway, is currently owned by 504 South Broadway, LLC. The registered agent for 504 South Broadway, LLC is Patrick Curran, of 11433 Pulaski Highway in White Marsh.
In 2003, the Maryland DLLR fined Curran for “holding himself out as a licensed CPA”, when in fact his license had expired in 1992. According to a 2009 District Court case (5C00309671), it looks as though he’s still posing as a CPA, despite his failure to obtain a license.
We hope the City looks into Mr. Curran’s business practices and investigates the collapse of this building.