MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency for statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994 “Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Law,” MDE assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1950, maintains a statewide listing of registered and inspected units, and provides blood lead surveillance through a registry of test results of all children tested in Maryland. The following actions were for properties alleged to be out of compliance with lead risk reduction standards:

  • KEBL, Properties, LLC – 9 affected properties, The defendants agreed to a penalty of $10,000.
  • Leonard E. Forrence & Betsey J. Forrence – 4 affected properties, $21,500 for alleged violations.
  • Michael Ronald Thomas, Jr. & Carol Sue Thomas – 1 affected property, $21,000 for alleged violations.
  • Rahel Yirga, Reta Yirga, & Nile Properties, LLC – 2 affected properties, $45,000 for alleged violations.
  • Marlene Kurland – 1 affected property, $32,500 for alleged violations.
  • Abraham Samuel Kurland – 2 affected properties, $20,000 for alleged violations.
  • Jovan Walker – 1 affected property, $11,000 for alleged violations.
  • D & D Management, Inc. – 2 affected properties, The defendants agreed to a penalty of $6,000.
  • Joseph C. Fair – 1 affected property, $27,500 for alleged violations.
  • Terrainio J. Hart – 2 affected properties, $25,000 for alleged violations.
  • William Miezan and Julie Miezan – 5 affected properties, $17,500 for alleged violations.
  • Claude L. Williams – 6 affected properties, $50,000 for alleged violations.
  • Debora E. Boyd and Amaka Property Management and Preservation, LLC – 3 affected properties, $26,500 for alleged violations.
  • Robert R. Grier and Emma Lois Grier – 1 affected property, $18,000 for alleged violations.
  • Enemus Samuels – 8 affected properties, $22,000 for alleged violations.
  • Tony Shaw – 3 affected properties, $40,000 for alleged violations.
  • Sac’s Harmison St. Property, LLC – 1 affected property, $27,000 for alleged violations.
  • Yeno F. Godfrey and Ayabavi Thon – 8 affected properties, $23,000 for alleged violations.
  • Sherine Gray – 4 affected properties, $30,000 for alleged violations.
  • Keisue Brown and Annette Brown – 6 affected properties, $40,000 for alleged violations.
  • 2005/2006 DRR-ETS LLC and JR Realty LLC – 60 affected properties, $30,000 for alleged violations.
  • Carmen E. Bovell-Chester and Marlon E. Bovell – 4 affected properties, $25,000 for alleged violations.

    In addition, the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program accredits and enforces performance standards for inspectors and contractors working in lead hazard reduction. The following actions are for contractors and inspectors alleged to be out of compliance with state regulations:

  • Davendra Birbahadur – $10,000 for alleged violations.
  • Lilias Rodriguez – $15,000 for alleged violations.
  • Lawrence T. Wilson, Jr. – $15,000 for alleged violations.
  • You can read the full press release here.

    14 thoughts to “MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 22 Baltimore City Property Owners for Lead Violations

    • Rusty Shackleford

      And who owns 2005/2006 DRR-ETS LLC and JR Realty LLC? Why none other than that auction bid-rigging law firm DeLaurentis, Reiff, & Reid!

      Seriously, why haven’t these clowns been disbarred.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      And who owns 2005/2006 DRR-ETS LLC and JR Realty LLC? Why none other than that auction bid-rigging law firm DeLaurentis, Reiff, & Reid!

      Seriously, why haven’t these clowns been disbarred?

    • Marlon

      Please remove my information listed below from your post. It is inaccurate, and was an oversight and have been resolved.

      “Carmen E. Bovell-Chester and Marlon E. Bovell – 4 affected properties, $25,000 for alleged violations.”

      Thank you

      • slumlordwatch

        Sending an email to MDE now — if they’re able to confirm, I’ll be more than happy to add an update post.

        • Marlon

          Have you received a reply from MDE?

          • Baltimore Slumlord Watch

            No, not yet — now that you mention it. Better get on that — thanks for the reminder!

        • Marlon

          Hello sir, my name is still posted on your site for a major oversite that has been resolved. Please remove the below posted information from your site.

          “Carmen E. Bovell-Chester and Marlon E. Bovell – 4 affected properties, $25,000 for alleged violations.”

          Thank you

          • Baltimore Slumlord Watch

            So you’re saying you weren’t fined $25,000 by MDE and they mistakenly included you in a press release? Or are you saying that since you’ve paid the $25,000 fine, your name should be resolved?

            • Marlon

              No I was not charged $25,000 but I did pay a much, much smaller fine. They fined me for multiple properties I didn’t own. I own other properties that are registered and I say it’s an oversight because I thought my former partner registered one of the 4 properties in question. I did not own 3 of the 4 properties listed. There were mistakes by both myself and MDE, so listing my name on a site for slumlords is a defamation of character. The issue has been resolved with MDE.

            • Baltimore Slumlord Watch

              Awaiting confirmation from MDE.

    • Nicole Smith

      KEBL Properties LLC is the worst! Steve seemed like a nice guy at first and the apartment had a lot of potential. However, he did not disclose the home was for sale, has tons of mold in the carpets and on the subfloor, no ventilation..none of the windows open, the HVAC unit does not work beyond 72 hours at a time, patio doors do not lock allowing anyone into your home. He has yet to come to repair things that cold be potentially life threatening to my son…whom had to stay with my mom because this unit could kill him. He is by far the worst landlord I have ever come across and is trying to evict me because I called him out on being a slum.

      • Baltimore Slumlord Watch

        Have you filed a complaint with Baltimore Housing? You can file a 311 request online, or call 311.

        • Nicole Smith

          I did not call 311, instead I filed rent escrow with the court and had Baltimore city housing come and document all violations in both my unit as well as common areas in the house.

          • Baltimore Slumlord Watch

            Oh good for you! Have you gone to court already?

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