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If you live in Baltimore City, you won’t want to miss this important meeting regarding the second round of proposed irresponsible cuts to the fire department.  Your home and family could be at risk!

Yet another mortgage fraudster who operated in a low-income part of Philly has been caught and charged with fraud.  Slumlords and scam artists think if they prey on people in low-income areas they won’t get caught — WRONG!

Speaking of mortgage fraud — a Baltimore man won’t be tasting freedom for a while after scamming several lenders out of over $1 million for his “shabby” houses.

A Clinton, Maryland woman has been found guilty of mortgage fraud.  Despite receiving income from the District of Columbia Housing Authority (Section 8 rent payments), she allowed the mortgages on all of her properties to go into default and pocketed the money.

Congrats to Poppleton residents for rallying around a neighborhood park, saving it from a stalled City development plan!

Henrico (Richmond, VA area) neighbors were up in arms over two vacant properties managed by an out of state firm — Channel 8 news investigated and got results.

Hamilton residents — you’re getting a new Royal Farms whether you want it or not.  [I have to say, I agree with “HS” who left the comment “That’s the problem with one party politics–they don’t even have to pretend that they work for you.”]

Money-laundering charges were suddenly dropped against the owner of multiple blighted properties in Baltimore, Stewart Sachs.



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Columbus mayor:  City will spend money to demolish unsafe vacant homes.

In Chicago, a young girl was raped at gunpoint between two vacant homes in the West Englewood neighborhood.  Neighbors say the vacants are more than just a threat to property values, and they want action.

Instead of paying lead paint lawsuit judgments, the city’s Housing Authority is paying for take-home cars for its employees, according to WBAL’s Jayne Miller.

Not to beat a dead horse, but PLEASE take the 2012 Baltimore Citizen Satisfaction Survey.  It’s like voting — if you can’t be bothered to do it, you shouldn’t bother complaining about not being heard.

The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning has a summary of lead legislation for the 2012 Maryland Legislative session.  Contact your legislators and ask them to support these important bills. (Link opens a PDF)

An elderly woman was found trapped in the collapsed rubble of a vacant home in Western Pennsylvania yesterday.  The woman was trapped for two days.

Fantastic news for Philadelphia!  Robert Coyle, the “Millionaire Slumlord” was charged with defrauding banks of $10 million.  Hopefully now his homes can be put in the hands of people who will fix them up and live in them.  And we hope he goes to prison for a long, long time.

Richmond, VA nonprofit warns of a “vacancy crisis” across the state.  In 2010, vacant homes represented 9% of Virginia’s total housing stock.


Link Roundup

Lots of links this evening — enjoy!

US Conference of Mayors adopts resolution supporting Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (from the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning).

Apparently someone out  there thinks the City’s “Vacants to Values” program is a good thing, because Mayor Rawlings-Blake was given an award.  We’re still searching for the “Value” part.

Canadian slumlords face jail time for SRO housing violations.  Don’t you wonder what really goes on in the “Wonder Rooms”?  On second thought…

Police find 27 dogs in a vacant home in Chicago — I guess Chicago’s thugs are taking a lesson from Baltimore’s?

Pueblo Colorado enacts legislation to deal with their vacant property problem.

A vacant house in Richmond burns to the ground, creates more vacant homes.

Someone in Flint, Michigan REALLY doesn’t like vacant homes.

Baltimore-area title company owner sentenced to four years in prison for mortgage fraud.

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Boston tenants fight to keep low-income housing, despite wishes of landlord.

African-Americans are leaving declining cities for the South, in record numbers, according to the New York Times.

Most Americans think you shouldn’t walk away from your mortgage.  What do you think?

More on the City’s refusal to pay lead-paint judgments — Maryland Senators aren’t happy.

One of troubled East Baltimore Development’s highest-paid employees is also the girlfriend of Paul Graziano — head of Baltimore City’s scandal-prone Housing Authority. It just never seems to end, does it?

Special housing codes for students in Towson?

Baltimore’s new Deputy Director of Housing is coming from Richmond, another city with a blight problem.

An Idea for Baltimore City: Slumlord Ordered to Live in Vacant Home

According to the Richmond Slumlord Watch blog, via the Richmond Times-Dispatch, one of Richmond, Virginia’s slumlords has been ordered to spend 30 days in jail and then move into one of his vacant properties:

Convicted slumlord Oliver C. Lawrence will split his 70 days of incarceration between the Richmond City Jail and a vacant house he owns on North 19th Street in Richmond.

General District Judge Phillip L. Hairston today modified the terms of Lawrence’s sentence, partially granting his attorneys’ request that he be allowed to serve home incarceration.

The city attorney’s office supported the idea on the condition that Lawrence, owner of Bayou Properties, be required stay at one of the city vacant properties that he owns, rather than at his $1 million house in Ashland.

Based on the judge’s order, Lawrence will serve 30 days in the city jail and then 40 days at the home on North 19th. Lawrence is scheduled to report to jail tomorrow following last month’s sentencing, which included new and previously suspended fines of more than $177,000 for more than 180 convictions on property-maintenance violations.

Lawrence also will be assigned to the jail’s inmate work crew that cleans up blighted properties.

At Baltimore Slumlord Watch, we think this is a fantastic idea, especially when you consider the number of slumlords in Baltimore who enter the revolving doors of housing court, seemingly unscathed.  Baltimore City leaders, are you listening?  Other cities are making a difference, why aren’t you?