Slumlords to Receive Stimulus Money in New York

The New York Daily News reports that some of the worst slumlords in New York are slated to receive federal stimulus money — with no requirement that they repair their buildings.  We’ll look into whether any of Baltimore’s slumlords are receiving the same, and will report back. In other news, things are looking even more […]

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Maryland Homestead Tax Fraud and Other News

We often wondered how many of our city’s non-resident property owners were taking the Maryland Homestead Tax Credit and claiming their property as “owner-occupied”.  We figured there had to be a few tax cheats out there, right? There were more than a few.  One of our readers found 384 of them, in fact.  Out of […]

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Learning From Cleveland

Many cities across the country have taken broad steps to combat the problems vacant homes can cause — none, however, have been as creative as Cleveland, Ohio.  Cleveland is comparable to Baltimore when you look at the percentage of abandoned properties — before and after the foreclosure crisis. We wondered how Cleveland was dealing with […]

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Brooklyn (NY) Slumlord Watch?

Just read a fantastic article in the Queens Examiner about Brooklyn Councilman Bill de Blasio, who wants to start a Slumlord Watch List to keep track of bad landlords.  We of course think this is a great idea, and wish Councilman de Blasio the best of luck in this venture!  (Frankly, we think there should […]

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Abandoned Home Burns, One Man Dies in SW Baltimore

Yet another abandoned home in Baltimore is destroyed by fire — two men were trapped inside, according to ABC2 News.  (Unfortunately, they say the fire was in Southeast Baltimore, when S. Carey Street is actually in Southwest Baltimore.)  One man was seriously injured, the other man died.  The house had previously been the subject of […]

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The Community Regeneration, Sustainability, and Innovation Act of 2009 (S 453/ HR 93)

While Baltimore hasn’t experienced the short-term population losses that other cities have dealt with — we still think Maryland legislators need to take a look at this bill and give their support.  We’re very excited about this piece of legislation — it could be used to do amazing things in cities across America, and while […]

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Builder Pleads Guilty to Fraud – Is Also Violent Criminal, Court Records Show

A perfect example of why you should always check references and court documents before signing on the dotted line and handing over money: The Baltimore Sun reported that Walter Osborne Ely, Jr. and his sister Kimberly Zahrey pled guilty to misusing more than $225,000 in deposits from customers expecting new homes, to be built by […]

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MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against Three Baltimore City Slumlords

MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency of statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Law,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing of registered and inspected units, and provides […]

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New Construction Tax Credit Extension

There’s good news on the real estate horizon, but you have to act fast.  Jamie Smith Hopkins from the Baltimore Sun reports that the City Council has extended the deadline for homeowners to apply for the New Construction Tax Credit. The City Council has just passed a bill, signed into law Tuesday by Mayor Sheila […]

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Maryland MDE Issues 80 Enforcement Actions

In a recent press release, the Maryland Department of the Environment announced that it issued 80 enforcement actions for pollution, including lead paint violations.  Of the 13 lead paint citations, 11 of them were handed out in Baltimore City. Receiving citations in Baltimore City were: Sergey Ivanov Charm City Housing Associates, Inc Research Development Services, […]

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