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The Life and Death of 1411 Division Street

I’m not going to lie — this building has kept me up a few nights, perhaps more than a few, and last night was no exception. As reported in the Baltimore Sun, 1411 Division Street met its demise at the hands of a contractor who was supposed to only demolish fire-damaged rear walls, but ended Read more about The Life and Death of 1411 Division Street[…]

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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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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[…]

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[…]

Renters Tax Credit Deadline: September 1

If you area renter and are low-income, a senior citizen, or disabled, you may qualify for a $750 credit on your Maryland income taxes. Go here for more information and to see income guidelines. You can also download the form here. (Link opens a PDF.) The deadline for filing is September 1 — if you’re Read more about Renters Tax Credit Deadline: September 1[…]

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“My Landlord Won’t Make Repairs, Now What?”

I get a lot of emails from tenants who are living in unimaginable circumstances. No heat or hot water in the winter, basements and walls covered in black mold, flooded basements, even a collapsed ceiling or two, and they’ve contacted the landlord. Their circumstances may vary, but the question at the end of the email Read more about “My Landlord Won’t Make Repairs, Now What?”[…]