Link Roundup

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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Investors Association Wants to Roll Back Lead Regulations in Maryland

From an email I just received from the Baltimore Real Estate Investors Association: Before October 24, 2011, Landlords were immune from lawsuits if they were in compliance with Lead Poisoning Prevention Program… That has all changed! Come to Baltimore REIA’s General Meeting for an open discussion with our Professional Panel about the various issues surrounding […]

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Urgent Help Needed: Support SB 620 / HB 670 Today!

When spending so much time writing about, documenting, and thinking about vacant homes — one can forget there are families living in homes that are just as unsafe, and cause an equal negative impact on our neighborhoods — not to mention the health and safety of the tenants within.  We’ve often written about the housing […]

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Anti-Slumlord Bill Passes the Pennsylvania Senate, Moves to House in the Fall

Now THIS is a piece of legislation we can rally behind! Maryland needs this law — tried to get something similar passed last year for Baltimore City, but Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked the Maryland Legislature to drop the ball (or the bill, so to speak).  We can’t help but wonder why Maryland is always lagging […]

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House Bill 1096: Contact Your Legislators!

Senate Bill 889 (Baltimore City – Property Taxes – Vacant and Uninhabitable Real Property) has been crossfiled in the House.  HB 1096 is sponsored by Delegates Hammen, Krysiak, and McHale.  Please contact your State Delegates and ask them to vote in favor of this bill.  The bill would allow Baltimore City to charge a higher […]

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Senate Bill 889: Contact Your Legislators!

Finally the split-rate property tax bill is coming to the Maryland Senate for a vote.  Now is the time to contact your legislators and let them know that as a taxpaying law-abiding property owner, you think slumlords and other negligent property owners should have to pay a higher price for their unlawful behavior. This bill […]

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The Community Regeneration, Sustainability, and Innovation Act of 2009 (S 453/ HR 93)

While Baltimore hasn’t experienced the short-term population losses that other cities have dealt with — we still think Maryland legislators need to take a look at this bill and give their support.  We’re very excited about this piece of legislation — it could be used to do amazing things in cities across America, and while […]

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