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Action Needed: Anti-Tenant Legislation Must Be Defeated!

Right now there’s a bad bill in front of the Maryland legislature, and your voice is needed to protect the rights of tenants. SB706 would speed up breach of lease eviction cases from 10 days to 4, in the case of “specified dangerous behavior” — however, the bill allows for harm to the landlord’s property Read more about Action Needed: Anti-Tenant Legislation Must Be Defeated![…]

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Action Alert: Support Tenant Protections in Rent Court Today!

There are two bills that will be heard in Annapolis by the Environment and Transportation Committee on March 7 at 1:00 PM, that would introduce additional protection for tenants. These bills are important to creating an equitable legal playing field for tenants in rent court: HB1346, introduced by Delegate Lafferty (D-District 42A) defines “rent” as Read more about Action Alert: Support Tenant Protections in Rent Court Today![…]

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Protecting the Rights of Tenants: HB 1059 and HB 1060: SUPPORT

For good tenants, sometimes getting your security deposit back at the end of a lease is the worst part about being a renter. Sometimes tenants never get their security deposit back, and many people have no idea this is governed by Maryland law. Maryland House Bill 1059 and House Bill 1060 would require language to Read more about Protecting the Rights of Tenants: HB 1059 and HB 1060: SUPPORT[…]


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SB0182 – Public Safety – Rental Dwelling Units – Carbon Monoxide Alarms: SUPPORT

Carbon monoxide kills far too many people each year, usually as a result of alternate heat sources by people who cannot afford to adequately heat their homes in the winter. SB0182 would mandate that all rental properties in Maryland have carbon monoxide alarms installed. You can read the text of SB0182 here. (Link opens a Read more about SB0182 – Public Safety – Rental Dwelling Units – Carbon Monoxide Alarms: SUPPORT[…]


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2016 Housing Legislation

Today was the start of the 2016 legislative session, and so far there have been a few housing bills introduced: SB0024: Discrimination in Housing – Military Status Summary: Establishing that it is the policy of the State to provide for fair housing to all, regardless of military status; prohibiting specified discriminatory acts relating to the Read more about 2016 Housing Legislation[…]


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Monthly Update

This is a new feature I’ve decided to add, in order to keep donors and other interested folks in the loop, with regard to what I’ve been working on. I hope you find it useful! Keep in mind, these lists are highlights, and won’t include everything I’ve worked on during the month. January 2015 Highlights Read more about Monthly Update[…]


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Action Needed: Urge Your State Elected Officials to Support HB0351

Bill Information: Requiring a limited liability company to have a company representative; requiring the articles of organization, articles of cancellation, and articles of reinstatement of a limited liability company to include the name and street address of the company representative; applying to a company representative specified provisions of law relating to a change of a Read more about Action Needed: Urge Your State Elected Officials to Support HB0351[…]


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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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Action Needed: Urge Your State Legislators to Support SB0197

Bill Information: This bill would authorize a municipality to establish a Vacant and Blighted Buildings Registry and to require an owner of a vacant building to register it within 30 days after the building becomes vacant under specified circumstances. It would also require a municipality to consider specified factors in determining whether a building is Read more about Action Needed: Urge Your State Legislators to Support SB0197[…]


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Thinking About 2015

It’s never too early to start thinking about legislative priorities for 2015.  We have a few issues that we’ll be working on, just in time for the start of Maryland’s legislative session in January, and we want to hear your priorities, too: LLC transparency Transfer of real estate Historic preservation Affordable housing, based on local Read more about Thinking About 2015[…]