Last Link Roundup of 2012!

A recap of all the newsworthy links in 2012. January Early in 2012, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was grilled by the MD Legislature about the status of the city’s lead paint judgements.  The city was refusing to pay, saying the judgement would bankrupt the city — a shame they didn’t think about that before allowing children […]

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“Stealing Trust”, an award-winning film by John Spillane, will be shown in Frederick on Wednesday, at 7 PM.  The film documents victims of mortgage fraud across Maryland. Lorain, Ohio is using an interesting method to move vacant homes to demolition — search warrants. Kenneth Koehler of Baltimore has pleaded guilty to wire fraud, in a […]

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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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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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Owner of a Maryland title company pleads guilty to stealing almost $5 million from customers. Occupy Oakland takes the vacant house problem to a new level.  Please note, we DO NOT encourage this irresponsible and destructive behavior. Home prices are falling again — no surprises there. Baltimore City calls its “Vacants to Value” plan “baby […]

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Philadelphia could be doing more to stop blight, resident says. Brooklyn (NY) residents have been living with no heat, no hot water, bad electric, and rats — now the slumlords are facing jail if issues are not resolved.  Where was Bill DeBlasio and his Slumlord Watch List? I think every bad property owner in Baltimore […]

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Columbus, Ohio Slumlord Watch Group Makes the News

The dedicated folks who started the Columbus, Ohio slumlord watch group made their local news — you can watch the video and read the accompanying article here.  They’re also on Facebook — if you live in the area and want to support their efforts, you should get involved!

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