Behind on Your Water Bill or Property Taxes?

Don’t let your home go to auction — there is legal help available! The Pro-Bono Resource Center of Maryland, along with MVLS, is holding three community workshops where lawyers will discuss both foreclosure and tax sales. If you’re behind on your water bill or property tax, don’t wait until it’s too late — find out […]

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Rent Court Workshops

Recent changes have been made to Maryland law regarding lead paint certificates, and landlord licensing and evictions.  Two workshops will be held in order to tenants and other interested parties to learn more about the changes, and also general landlord-tenant law.  Representatives from Baltimore Housing, the Public Justice Center, and the Maryland Multi-Housing Association will […]

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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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Link Roundup

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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Everyone Has One…

Just like the crazy uncle everyone shuns at family gatherings…every neighborhood has “that house”.  The one with people coming and going at all hours of the day and night, the one where all the police activity seems to happen — you know the one I’m talking about — it’s the Community Nuisance. Did you know […]

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Legislative Wins and Losses

Better late than never — here are the bills we were watching in the 2011 legislative session, and what happened after all was said and done: SB 503:  Foreclosure Purchaser and Tenant – Evictions – Tenant’s Right to Reclaim Personal Property:  FAILED HB 179/SB 111:  Environment – Recycling – Apartment Buildings and Condominiums – FAILED […]

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News and Link Roundup

I came across this link from photographer Kevin Bauman and wanted to share it with our readers — 100 Abandoned Houses.  More art than advocacy, he manages to capture the downtrodden soul of these structures.  We’re also quite fond of Abandoned America. Detroit mayor Dave Bing has promised to demolish 3,000 vacant structures before the […]

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Tenants’ Rights and Foreclosure

Did you know that as a tenant, you have rights when your home is being foreclosed on, regardless of your income level? From the National Low Income Housing Coalition: On May 20, 2009, the President signed into a law a bill containing provisions protecting tenants living in foreclosed buildings. (The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act […]

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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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