Housing Law Task Force

July Housing Task Force Meeting, 7/18

Date: 
Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Call in option:
Audio Conference Information:
Dial-In Number(s):
U.S. & Canada Toll-Free: 800.747.5150
 
Access Code:  4430589

For technical support:
888-447-1119 U.S
+1 303 389 4018 from anywhere else
Email: conferencingcenter@level3.com
Web: http://conferencing.level3.com/en/customer-contact-us/
 
Location
Location Name: 
Md Legal Aid, Central/Baltimore Office
Address1: 
500 E Lexington St
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Contact
Name: 
Rachel Wolpert
Phone: 
410-443-0589

World Elder Abuse Awreness Day - Randallstown Community Center

Date: 
Thu, 06/15/2017 (All day)
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Property titled in the name of a person who died before 1970

Prior to 1970, real estate passed directly to heirs rather than to the Personal Representative.  Is anyone familiar with mechanics of getting some kind of formal acknowledgement of the heirs' interest?  

I have a guy living on property titled in the name of his mother who died intestate in 1965.  He wants to put a mobile home on the property but he has been refused a permit because the property is not titled in his name. 

I have the feeling that if SDAT listed the property as titled in his name and the names of other heirs, that would do it.  The person I spoke to at SDAT said this could not be done without a deed.  But some number of years ago, SDAT listed the heirs as owners of a lot next door- also previously owned by his mother - despite the absence of a deed. 

It did occur to me that I might be able to do a quit claim deed but my guy doesn't really have money to pay the fees associated with a transfer and if the property passed automatically to the heirs, I am not quite understanding why he should have to go that route.

March Housing Task Force Meeting

Date: 
Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Housing Task force will meet on March 21, 2017, at 10AM in the LAB Central (Baltimore) office in the 2nd floor conference room.

 

Call in information through a Level3 Conference:

Dial - 800-747-5150 

Access Code - 4430589

link - https://cc.callinfo.com/r/1tghs7ns72eb3&eom

 

For technical support:
888-447-1119 U.S
+1 303 389 4018 from anywhere else
Email: conferencingcenter@level3.com
Web: http://conferencing.level3.com/en/customer-contact-us/

Location
Location Name: 
LAB Central
Address1: 
500 E Lexington St
City: 
Baltimroe
State: 
MD
Contact
Name: 
Rachel Wolpert
Phone: 
410-443-0589

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2017 Housing Legislation List

Attached to this post is an UPDATED table of the legislation from the 2017 MdGA Session which may affect housing issues for our clients. It shows the status of the legslation at the end of the session in April.

Thanks to Matt Smith for tracking it throughout the session.

Thanks,
Rachel

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L. Hayes & Associates, Inc. HUD Property Management Consultants

Does anyone have any experience with this management company?  They manage a property in Charles County that is owned by Catholic Charities. Their lease says a tenant can have an overnight guest for 2 nights only.  They have now enacted a rule that no guest can park on the property from midnight to 7 AM.  There is no exception; the tenant can't get a temporary guest pass.  There is plenty of parking and virtually no security problems, so no reason whatsoever for the rule.

Lockett v Blue Ocean Crystal

Lockett v Blue Ocean Crystal

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Housing Law Task Force meeting

Date: 
Tue, 01/19/2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Meetings will be held in the Baltimore City office of Maryland Legal Aid.

Find the GoToMeeting lInk at http://www.mdjustice.org/HousingTaskForceGoToMeeting. If you cannot see this link, you are not a member of the Task Force, contact the moderators to become a member.

Location
Location Name: 
Maryland Legal Aid
Address1: 
500 East Lexington Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Alecia Trout or Matthew Zernhelt
Phone: 
afrisby@mdlab.org or mzernhelt@mdlab.org
Sponsor: 
MD Legal Aid

Upcoming Housing Law Task Force Meeting

Housing Law Advocates,

Our next Housing Law Task Force meeting will be held on January 19, 2016 at the Baltimore City office from 10am-12pm.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.  Please forward any suggested or requested agenda items to Alecia Frisby Trout (afrisby@mdlab.org) and/or Matthew Zernhelt (mzernhelt@mdlab.org).

Thank you.  We hope to see you there so we can ring in our 2016 season together : )

Alecia

GoToMeeting:

URL: https/www3.gotomeeting.com/join/975963254

1. Join the meeting by clicking on the URL link above.

2. Call the conference line at:

Dial +1(609)318-0029

Access Code: 975-963-254

Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting (folks on the phone, please remember to mute yourselves when you are not participating!)

Meeting ID: 975-963-254

If anyone has any trouble connecting to the meting, please call Katherine Jones at 443-604-4729.

 

Justice Diverted - rent court study & rally

See below – Rally tomorrow, Tuesday December 8, 2015!!!!!!  Please share and distribute widely

Justice Diverted kicks off the 7,000 Families Campaign to stop the eviction pipeline and make lasting change for Baltimore’s renters. Join the Public Justice Center, Right to Housing Alliance, and Jews United for Justice for a rally on Tuesday, December 8, at noon at the War Memorial Plaza in Baltimore to hear about the report findings and launch the 7,000 Families Campaign.

To see the report go to this link - http://www.justicediverted.org URL (or this bitly link http://bit.ly/1XOh8E5

PRESS RELEASE

 

December 7, 2015

 

The Public Justice Center published today Justice Diverted: How Renters are Processed in the Baltimore City Rent Court. This new research provides a deep dive into Baltimore’s evictions crisis, where approximately 7,000 families are evicted each year, taking a particularly heavy toll on women and African Americans.

 

The data in the report demonstrates how the outcome of an eviction case often does not depend on the merits of the case. Rather, the fate of a family’s home rides on a court system that puts long-standing tenant protections and basic housing standards second to court efficiency and landlords’ bottom line. Read the study here.

 

Key findings from the study include:

Baltimore City’s Rent Court is designed to efficiently handle its immense caseload by diverting renters away from presenting their cases to the judge.

The Court usually turns a blind eye to landlords who are not in compliance with local licensing and lead paint laws, and whose cases should be thrown out.

Nearly 60% of renters had valid legal reasons to fight eviction, such as the landlord’s failure to address mold, pests, or lack of heat. Yet most lost their eviction case because they couldn’t afford a lawyer and didn’t understand their rights under the law. Most landlords have lawyers or other representatives experienced in court process.

The study recommends several reforms:

 

  • Cut the number of eviction cases being filed in half by requiring a pre-filing notice of eviction, so that most disputes are resolved out of court, as the vast majority of other states do.
  • Demand that landlords document their rent claims and strictly scrutinize their claims of being licensed and compliant with lead paint laws.
  • Level the playing field by increasing tenant’s access to legal information, assistance at court, and legal representation.
  • Expand licensing and property inspection requirements so that all rental housing meets health and safety standards.
  • Fund eviction prevention programs to meet the scale of the eviction crisis.


Justice Diverted is based on hundreds of surveys, extensive interviews, review of court records, and court watches. The Public Justice Center conducted and wrote the study in collaboration with the Right to Housing Alliance, Dan Pasciuti, Ph.D., of Johns Hopkins University, and Michele Cotton, J.D., Ph.D., of the University of Baltimore. We thank the Abell Foundation for funding this study.


The publication of Justice Diverted kicks off the 7,000 Families Campaign to stop the eviction pipeline and make lasting change for Baltimore’s renters. Join the Public Justice Center, Right to Housing Alliance, and Jews United for Justice for a rally on Tuesday, December 8, at noon at the War Memorial Plaza in Baltimore to hear about the report findings and launch the 7,000 Families Campaign.

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