Judge to Slumlord Scott Wizig: Clean Up Your Blight!

As reported by Natalie Sherman in the Baltimore Sun: A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has ordered an absentee Baltimore landlord to clean up about 50 blighted properties within 90 days, the first ruling since a state law was amended two years ago to make it easier for community groups to sue the owners of […]

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Link Roundup

Home ownership rates fell to an 18-year low, according to a report issued by the US Census Bureau on Thursday. Banks are retreating from low-income neighborhoods, especially those hit hard by predatory lending. Should landlords be allowed to discriminate against Section 8 voucher holders?  (Or conversely, should landlords be able to run “Section 8 Only” […]

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Recommended Charitable Giving 2012

As you’re contemplating the many deserving charities for your end of the year giving, here are some of our favorites — they’re all local, and they all work hard to make Baltimore a better city, despite the odds.  Give often, and give generously! A few new additions to the list for 2012, some of the […]

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Another Tool to Fight Against Blight

From the Community Law Center: Owners of abandoned properties in Baltimore City should start bringing their properties up to code, or the local community association might sue them to do just that. Today, the revised law known as the Community Bill of Rights, goes into effect. This amended legislation makes it easier for community organizations […]

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Problem Bar in Your Neighborhood?

The Community Law Center is holding a workshop for people who are concerned about liquor licenses (and license owners) in their neighborhood. The workshop will be held Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30-8 PM. Key topics will be: Relevant liquor laws and tools needed to negotiate with a liquor licensee Baltimore City Liquor Board logistics How […]

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Real Estate Scams Part 2

Earlier this monrh, we put out a call to people who had been the victim of a real estate scam.  The Huffington Post Investigative Fund wants to hear from you, if you’ve fallen prey to shady lenders and others who target people in need.  Their current video is called Signs of Deception, and features Robert […]

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