Congratulations to the Public Justice Center for successfully arguing in favor of a tenant’s rights in a foreclosure lawsuit brought by JP Morgan Chase.  We wrote about the Public Justice Center last month in a post about tenants’ rights.  If you are a tenant and your home is in foreclosure, you do have rights — make sure you’re protected!

The Maryland legislative session for 2010 starts tomorrow.  Now is the time to start asking your state representatives to allow Baltimore City to enact the Split-Level Property tax rate, which would mean higher property taxes for owners of abandoned nusiance homes.  We wrote about the tax hike for slumlords here and here, if you need more information.  If you need to find your legislator’s contact information, you can click here.  (And thanks to for the mention!)

In other news, the Maryland Department of the Environment has issued enforcement actions against 9 property owners in Baltimore City, for lead paint violations:

  • Russell O. Page: 3 affected properties, $21,000 in fines
  • Larry Dawkins and Alice Dawkins:  10 affected properties, $16,500 in fines
  • John C. Dailey, Lorraine M. Dailey, and Deborah Carter: 3 affected properties, $55,000 in fines
  • 3125 Virginia Avenue, LLC:  1 affected property, $25,000 in fines
  • Maurice Harrison:  5 affected properties, $30,000 in fines
  • Kevin Baughan and JTL Management #2, LLC:  4 affected properties, $25,000 in fines
  • Emmanuel Nwokolo and Catherine Nwokolo:  7 affected properties, $25,000 in fines
  • Adger Harvin, Jr. and Doris R. Harvin: 4 affected properties, $21,500 in fines
  • Ronald Andrews and Theresa Andrews:  11 affected properties, $18,000 in fines
  • De Soto Apartments, LLC, Magnolia Properties Management, LLC, Charles Goldsborough, and Magnolia Property Management, Inc:  1 affected property, $10,000 in fines (paid in full).

You can read the entire MDE press release here.