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Haven’t done one of these in a while, so there are lots of random interesting links! Oh, the things people do in and around vacants…don’t let your kids read this one. The Chicago City Council approved a measure that offers renters protection if their apartment building goes into foreclosure. While many residents are pleased with […]

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Changes coming for BCFD firefighters — the mayor’s budget calls for longer hours, and a loss of 100 to 300 positions due to attrition (depending on which media source you read, the number changes).  This equates to longer hours for what amounts to less pay.  Unfair and unwarranted, how about giving other city employees the […]

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Lots of fires and injuries as a result of fires this week.  A sampling: Saturday’s two-alarmer on Falkirk Road forced two people to jump for safety, according to WBAL. Two firefighters were injured in a fire on W. North Avenue, one received first-degree burns, the other received second-degree burns.  Neither were determined to be life-threatening. […]

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As you can imagine, folks in Cleveland are tired of slumlords, too.  And they had some words for an absentee slumlord who lives in Florida. In New York, an attorney was convicted on multiple counts of mortgage fraud, but the NY Attorney General lost a few counts, despite testimony from the attorney’s employees. An office […]

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Beware the “sovereign citizen” selling a vacant house.  It’s probably not his to sell. Thieves in Cleveland have been targeting vacant homes — stealing appliances, copper wire — basically anything of value. The Detroit Free Press did an excellent series on keeping schoolchildren safe on their route to school — something most people take for […]

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Did you know Maryland offers an income tax credit for low-income/elderly renters?  It follows the premise that renters pay property taxes as part of their rent, and therefore should be allowed an opportunity to recoup some of that money.  The deadline for filing each year is September 1. The past few years have seen an […]

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee understands the need to stabilize his city’s middle class through housing. The Cleveland Fed says we need to change housing finance at the policy level, in order to slow speculative real estate transactions — hey Cleveland, we agree! Delegate Maggie McIntosh (D, District 43) says we shouldn’t reward landlords who […]

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Oh boo hoo!  Maryland property managers think it’s too much to pay what amounts to $4 a month for lead paint insurance.  Seems to me it’s cheaper than a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Ohio’s Attorney General designated part of the mortgage lawsuit settlement towards demolishing vacants.  Some say this money should go to homeowners — what […]

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$41 million in tax dollars will benefit developers, if BDC and the City has their way. SE Baltimore will see more low- and very low-income housing, thanks to a grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. If one of my children turned up dead in a Baltimore housing project, you’d better believe […]

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It will be interesting to see how much money is earned on the auction of Baltimore Housing Authority property.  Glad to see someone is fighting to make the agency pay its lead paint settlements. It’s always fun to read posts or letters in the Baltimore Sun from bad property owners who feel the laws and […]

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