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Dispelling Myths About Public Housing

People love to hate public housing — housing that’s owned or subsidized by the government, whether HUD or a Public Housing Authority (PHA) such as the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. Detractors will point to public housing as the cause of all things terrible in a community, blaming the residents, making all sorts of assumptions Read more about Dispelling Myths About Public Housing[…]

Maryland Renters’ Tax Credit: Deadline September 1

The Renters’ Tax Credit is currently only available to low-income and/or senior renters.  However, our legislators did do something positive on this front during this year’s legislative session — the credit has been increased from $750 to $1000. HB340 was signed into law by Governor Hogan in May. If you think you might qualify for Read more about Maryland Renters’ Tax Credit: Deadline September 1[…]

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[…]

As Temperatures Drop…

…instances of fatal fires and carbon monoxide poisoning go up.  Don’t add to these dreadful statistics — be proactive and keep your family safe. Baltimore City residents can call 311 or go online to request smoke detectors. The fire department will bring and install them — for free. You should have one on every floor Read more about As Temperatures Drop…[…]

Early Voting Begins Today!

Remember — voting is one of the easiest and best ways to make sure your voice is heard when it comes to the issues you care about.  There are no perfect candidates — nobody is going to fix everything immediately, but this is an opportunity to make sure you have a choice in who represents Read more about Early Voting Begins Today![…]

New Maryland Law: Smoke Alarms

Thanks to the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association for the reminder: As of July 1, 2013, homeowners with battery-powered smoke alarms must update to long-life sealed-in battery smoke alarms. This law applies to homes with alarms more than 10 years old. Additionally, homes will be required to install smoke alarms in all sleeping Read more about New Maryland Law: Smoke Alarms[…]

Legislative Wins and Losses

Better late than never — here are the bills we were watching in the 2011 legislative session, and what happened after all was said and done: SB 503:  Foreclosure Purchaser and Tenant – Evictions – Tenant’s Right to Reclaim Personal Property:  FAILED HB 179/SB 111:  Environment – Recycling – Apartment Buildings and Condominiums – FAILED Read more about Legislative Wins and Losses[…]

MD Attorney General Halts “Free Rent” Pyramid Scheme

From the OAG: Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that the Securities Division has issued a Summary Order to Cease and Desist against Diversified Marketing Consultants, Inc., d/b/a DMC and ShopD2Z, Lamondes D. Williams, and related entities Digital Zone Electronics Warehouse and Mainline Properties LLC, all operating in the metro-Baltimore area. They have been Read more about MD Attorney General Halts “Free Rent” Pyramid Scheme[…]

House Bill 1096: Contact Your Legislators!

Senate Bill 889 (Baltimore City – Property Taxes – Vacant and Uninhabitable Real Property) has been crossfiled in the House.  HB 1096 is sponsored by Delegates Hammen, Krysiak, and McHale.  Please contact your State Delegates and ask them to vote in favor of this bill.  The bill would allow Baltimore City to charge a higher Read more about House Bill 1096: Contact Your Legislators![…]

Tenants’ Rights and Foreclosure

Did you know that as a tenant, you have rights when your home is being foreclosed on, regardless of your income level? From the National Low Income Housing Coalition: On May 20, 2009, the President signed into a law a bill containing provisions protecting tenants living in foreclosed buildings. (The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act Read more about Tenants’ Rights and Foreclosure[…]

MDE Announced 38 Enforcement Actions

The Maryland Department of the environment issued a press release on March 18th announcing 38 enforcement actions in Maryland for lead paint violations.  Eleven of them were in Baltimore City.  You can read the press release here.  Again, we applaud MDE Secretary Shari T. Wilson and her staff for their efforts to combat lead poisoning Read more about MDE Announced 38 Enforcement Actions[…]