Happy Holidays!

From all of us here at Baltimore Slumlord Watch, we wish you and yours a very happy holiday season. And to further the holiday cheer, we offer this little ditty — to be sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.  Many thanks to reader LR for the idea.  Because really, what’s a […]

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Number 1000!

I figured that the 1000th post should be something a little nicer than a photo of a run-down vacant owned by a slumlord, so…what to write about? How about all the “successes” we’ve had over the past five years?  Or how about a “worst slumlord in Baltimore” post?  Ehh…how about all of the above, coupled […]

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Renters: Please Take the Survey!

If you’re a renter, and you live in Baltimore City, please take a moment to fill take the city-wide rental survey.  While not entirely scientific, I’m trying to get a snapshot of rental conditions, rent rates, and resident concerns. Your responses are anonymous, unless you choose to leave your contact information in the comments box. […]

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Four Years and Counting

Today is the four-year anniversary of this project — I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for FOUR years.  That seems crazy to me, especially when you consider I never thought I’d have more than a handful of readers, Twitter followers, or Facebook friends. However, with each year that goes by, it’s become apparent that […]

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Happy Holidays!

I woke up this morning, excited to be with both of my children on Christmas Eve, along with my future son-in-law.  I’m sitting on a couch right now, in a beautiful old stone home in a lovely suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, back from the local coffeehouse, a large cup of dark roast by my side […]

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Rent Court Workshops

Recent changes have been made to Maryland law regarding lead paint certificates, and landlord licensing and evictions.  Two workshops will be held in order to tenants and other interested parties to learn more about the changes, and also general landlord-tenant law.  Representatives from Baltimore Housing, the Public Justice Center, and the Maryland Multi-Housing Association will […]

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Instablight

We’re now on Instagram!  Random shots of Baltimore, interesting things, art, and of course…blight.  Follow us!  

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On Maps and Data

Data and statistics can be useful when trying to figure out just how bad, good, or neutral a problem is — or where the problems are located, circumstances and conditions…  It’s one thing to discuss an issue (like crime or blight) — another thing entirely to see it as a visual. I created this map […]

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Update: 1121 Ward Street

Another fantastic renovation by Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake!  This home was in absolutely horrible shape, the front wall was bowed — neighbors feared it would cave in. This is definitely worth looking at the before pictures…and the after:

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Before You Sign That Lease: Do Your Research!

I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve received over the past few years saying “I wish I had read your blog before moving into my apartment, now I’m stuck with a slumlord.” Here are some tips and resources for researching your potential new landlord — while I can’t guarantee you’ll get a great landlord, […]

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