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Lead Poisoning in Rental Housing: Summary of the latest report issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment

Lead Poisoning in Rental Housing: Summary of the latest report issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment

14,546 cases of children with poisonous levels of lead in their blood were reported in Maryland in 1994.  In that same year, the Maryland Legislature passed the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, a progressive approach to solving the issue of Childhood Lead Poisoning in Maryland. This Program was designed and negotiated between the Child and Tenant […]

DISMISSED – Landlords Respond to Baltimore Sun Articles on Rent Court

DISMISSED – Landlords Respond to Baltimore Sun Articles on Rent Court

I spent many hours beginning last June, meeting with a group that included tenant-advocates, people in the court system, the attorney general’s office, non-profits, and educators, to come up with ways to make the Rent Court system better.  Landlords supported more education for tenants and more resources, including student lawyers and “navigators” to help tenants […]

Legislative Update:  2017 Maryland General Assembly

Legislative Update: 2017 Maryland General Assembly

Every winter the Maryland General Assembly meets for a period of 90 days to consider laws.  Landlords and rental property owners and developers can breathe a sigh of relief about these favorable outcomes: HB172, named “The Home Act”, would have made it illegal to refuse to rent to a tenant because of their “source of […]

Baltimore City’s New Zoning Code

Baltimore City’s Zoning Code was written in 1971. The Planning Department has been working on a complete re-write of the zoning code for the last 10 years. The new code is designed to help the city be more walk-able, allowing, for example, coffee shops and retail shops to mix more closing in residential districts, to […]

Judge Stops Labor Rule

One more thing for which to be Thankful…on November 22, a Texas Federal Judge blocked the Department of Labor Overtime rule the was expected to make more than 4 million private sector workers eligible for extra pay.  21 States, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce along with others, requested the ruling.  The injunction preserves the status […]

HUD issues Rule Prohibiting a Hostile Environment, Harrassment and Quid-Pro-Quo in Housing

The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate in housing based on the following “Protected Classes”: Race Color Religion National Origin, Sex Family Status Disability or Handicap HUD announced a final rule that took effect October 14, 2016 in which it is a violation of the Fair Housing Act to provide less service, different service, or refusing or […]

Rent Court Changes Coming

Changes are coming to the Rent Court System for Baltimore City and possibly the entire State of Maryland.  Last year, the Public Justice Center, (Mayoral primary candidate Elizabeth Embry serves on the Board of the Public Justice Center) published a study portraying the rent court system as being heavily slanted in favor of landlords and detrimental to […]