Federal Investigation: Tax Lien Bid-Rigging By Slumlords

After a lengthy federal investigation, the Baltimore Sun reports that two men from Baltimore have been accused of conspiring to rig bids at Maryland tax lien auctions. Mentioned in the Sun’s ground rent series from 2006, the men accused are Harvey M. Nusbaum, Jack Stollof, and Steven L. Berman. In addition to the bid rigging […]

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ACORN Activist and Slumlord: Not Guilty

ACORN Activist and Baltimore slumlord Louis Beverly was found not guilty of assault in the second degree and destruction of property.  You will remember Mr. Beverly from a previous post, and the news coverage of his publicity stunt with former Baltimore homeowner Donna Hanks. Encouraged by ACORN, Louis Beverly assisted Ms. Hanks in breaking into […]

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Thanks, b!

Our interview with bthesite.com can be found here.  We also made the cover of the print edition.  Now we have to ramp up our efforts and bring even more attention to our city’s slumlords.  Thanks, everyone, for your support!

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MDE Announced 38 Enforcement Actions

The Maryland Department of the environment issued a press release on March 18th announcing 38 enforcement actions in Maryland for lead paint violations.  Eleven of them were in Baltimore City.  You can read the press release here.  Again, we applaud MDE Secretary Shari T. Wilson and her staff for their efforts to combat lead poisoning […]

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Baltimore ACORN “Activist” Louis Beverly is Also a Slumlord, Records Show

After receiving a tip from a reader, and seeing this blog post from Inside Charm City, we thought the story deserved a closer look. Approximately two weeks ago, ACORN “activist” Louis Beverly assisted Donna Hanks in breaking into her former home.  Hanks owed $260,000 when the house was placed into foreclosure.  Louis Beverly, in an […]

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After the Ground Rent Series, What Happened To…?

You may remember the Baltimore Sun’s Ground Rent Series from 2006, in which Sun reporters chronicled the evictions of Baltimore residents from their homes for their failure to pay their ground rent payments.  If you’re not familiar with ground rent, and you’re a Baltimore homeowner — beware.  You might own your home, but not the […]

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House Fire Feb. 16, 2009

Acting on a news snippet we read on the ABC 2 News website, we decided to look further into the matter and found an interesting back story on the owner of the house.  According to Channel 2, the fire started around 4 AM today, and was a two-alarm fire.  So far, investigators have no leads […]

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MDE Fines 10 Baltimore City Property Owners

Between December 2008 and January 2009, ten Baltimore City property owners were cited and fined for properties out of compliance with lead risk reduction standards, according to a Maryland Department of the Environment press release.  This affected a total of 79 properties, and resulted in over $150,000 in fines.  We applaud Secretary Shari T. Wilson […]

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