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2017 Federal Legislation to Watch

H.R.614 – To require each owner of a dwelling unit assisted under the section 8 rental assistance voucher program to remain current with respect to local property and school taxes and to authorize a public housing agency to use such rental assistance amounts to pay such tax debt of such an owner, and for other Read more about 2017 Federal Legislation to Watch[…]


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Action Needed: Urge Your Legislators to Support HB0186, Maryland Uniform Real Property Transfer-on-Death (TOD) Act

Bill Information: Establishing the Maryland Uniform Real Property Transfer-on-Death (TOD) Act; authorizing an individual to transfer specified property to one or more beneficiaries effective at the transferor’s death by a transfer-on-death deed; establishing that a transfer-on-death deed is revocable and nontestamentary; providing that the capacity required to make or revoke a transfer-on-death deed is the Read more about Action Needed: Urge Your Legislators to Support HB0186, Maryland Uniform Real Property Transfer-on-Death (TOD) Act[…]


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Support City Council Bill 13-0293

Introduced in the Baltimore City Council by Councilman Henry (District 4), this bill would expand the definition of vacant houses, giving Baltimore Housing the ability to levy fines against blighted nuisance properties faster, and impose harsher penalties against owners who did not comply. (Source: WBAL) Many of our vacant structures are owned by absentee landlords, Read more about Support City Council Bill 13-0293[…]


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Testimony in Support of HB 268 Corporations and Associations – Limited Liability Companies – Company Representative

January 29, 2014 Economic Matters Committee HB 268 Corporations and Associations – Limited Liability Companies – Company Representative SUPPORT Dear Chairman Davis and Committee Members: My name is Carol Ott, and I am the founder and director of Housing Policy Watch, an organization examines the issue of vacant and deteriorating properties and neighborhoods in Baltimore Read more about Testimony in Support of HB 268 Corporations and Associations – Limited Liability Companies – Company Representative[…]


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Discussion: Legislative Priorities 2014?

It’s always interesting to hear what’s on people’s minds for the upcoming year.  What housing-related policies should be in place?  Which ones need strengthening? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, or send an email using the contact form!