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Lots of good stuff in the news this week! In the Baltimore Sun, Luke Broadwater reports the Housing Authority of Baltimore City has disbanded and laid off its Housing Security Unit.  These were the folks responsible for “investigating illegal occupants, nuisance activity, unsecured vacants and vandalism”, according to the article. Developer Mark Manzo wanted to […]

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Home ownership rates fell to an 18-year low, according to a report issued by the US Census Bureau on Thursday. Banks are retreating from low-income neighborhoods, especially those hit hard by predatory lending. Should landlords be allowed to discriminate against Section 8 voucher holders?  (Or conversely, should landlords be able to run “Section 8 Only” […]

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If you live in Baltimore City, you won’t want to miss this important meeting regarding the second round of proposed irresponsible cuts to the fire department.  Your home and family could be at risk! Yet another mortgage fraudster who operated in a low-income part of Philly has been caught and charged with fraud.  Slumlords and […]

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Columbus mayor:  City will spend money to demolish unsafe vacant homes. In Chicago, a young girl was raped at gunpoint between two vacant homes in the West Englewood neighborhood.  Neighbors say the vacants are more than just a threat to property values, and they want action. Instead of paying lead paint lawsuit judgments, the city’s […]

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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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Baltimore landlord pleads guilty in lead paint case.  Called a “habitual offender” by Ruth Ann Norton, Executive Director of the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, we hope this slumlord receives jail time — and other slumlords take notice.  We’d also like to point out — this slumlord has received money from HABC, and has […]

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Have questions about purchasing bank-owned property?  Jamie Smith Hopkins from the Baltimore Sun is looking for people to submit their questions for a future blog post. Maryland ranks high on the list of states with mortgage fraud issues, according to WBAL. Is it “Pigtown” or is it “Washington Village”?  Does it matter?  You decide — […]

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