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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MD Attorney General Halts “Free Rent” Pyramid Scheme

From the OAG: Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that the Securities Division has issued a Summary Order to Cease and Desist against Diversified Marketing Consultants, Inc., d/b/a DMC and ShopD2Z, Lamondes D. Williams, and related entities Digital Zone Electronics Warehouse and Mainline Properties LLC, all operating in the metro-Baltimore area. They have been […]

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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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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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MDE Announced 38 Enforcement Actions

The Maryland Department of the environment issued a press release on March 18th announcing 38 enforcement actions in Maryland for lead paint violations.  Eleven of them were in Baltimore City.  You can read the press release here.  Again, we applaud MDE Secretary Shari T. Wilson and her staff for their efforts to combat lead poisoning […]

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Renter’s Tax Credit

Low-income renters in Maryland can apply for a tax credit until September 1, 2009.  Go here to read the requirements and to download the form.

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