Housing Authority Blight: 1150 Argyle Avenue

Property Address: 1150 Argyle Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner: Housing Authority of Baltimore City, 417 E Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 City Council District and Contact: District 11, Eric T. Costello State Senator (District 40): Catherine E. Pugh State Delegates (District 40): Frank M. Conaway, Antonio L. Hayes. Barbara A. Robinson

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HABC and Accountability?

If you haven’t already watched this video that appeared on WBAL’s website recently, you should.  (But not while eating.  You’ll thank me for the warning later.)  In the video, reporter David Collins walks around a rental home owned by Steven McFadgen, a Virginia attorney.  McFadgen had rented the home to a low-income tenant under HUD’s […]

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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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Link Roundup

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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Link Roundup

You’ve probably heard that Senator Charles Grassley (R, Iowa) has launched an investigation into the fraud and waste at Baltimore Housing — read a letter from Senator Grassley to Sean Donovan, HUD Secretary here.  Link opens a PDF. Property owners receiving the homestead tax credit — beware.  If you’re not actually living in the home, […]

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The Most Powerful Man in Baltimore Real Estate?

An interesting way to describe Paul Graziano, director of Baltimore’s Housing Authority. We received an email from the Baltimore Real Estate Investors Association, inviting us to a meeting where Paul Graziano will speak to the group (including slumlords and owners of blighted vacant homes) and address questions regarding Section 8 housing, vacant homes, and other […]

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Link Roundup

Lead poisoning cases are down in Maryland, however — the number of cases linked to homes not covered by Maryland law is on the rise.  Sounds like it’s time to amend the law. Speaking of lead paint — the venerable Kennedy Krieger Institute is being sued in a class-action lawsuit filed by Baltimore attorney Billy […]

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