Reported in the Baltimore Sun by Natalie Sherman:
A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has ordered an absentee Baltimore landlord to clean up about 50 blighted properties within 90 days, the first ruling since a state law was amended two years ago to make it easier for community groups to sue the owners of problem properties.
Judge Pamela J. White found that 49 properties owned by Scott Wizig and corporate affiliates represented legal nuisances, with “unsafe and uninhabitable” conditions that have not been fixed despite requests by community groups and notices of violations of the building code. Community groups are “entitled” to a judgement, she wrote in the July 31 order.
Congratulations to the Community Law Center on this win for Baltimore communities affected by Mr. Wizig’s shoddy business practices. Hopefully this will spawn more lawsuits against our “homegrown” slumlords who own large amounts of blighted properties in our neighborhoods — and hopefully once Mr. Wizig has cleaned up his neglected properties, he’ll leave town.