We receive quite a few emails asking about different neighborhoods, landlords, and other requests for information from people who are thinking of moving to Baltimore, or relocating to a different neighborhood.  It seems worthwhile to develop a set of resources to assist in that search.  If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, of course you can send an email or leave a comment in the comments section.

This post is one in a series we’ll be doing on living in Baltimore City, with additional posts and resources to follow.  Again, suggestions and questions are always welcome.

Neighborhoods

We get a lot of questions asking if a particular neighborhood is “safe”.  Please keep in mind, crime can happen anywhere at any time, in any city.  Remaining “safe” also has to do with your actions, not just the neighborhood.  There is no “magic” neighborhood in Baltimore, or any other city.  The links below, and additional links, can be found in our link section on the right.

There are plenty of online resources for choosing a neighborhood.  The websites we’ve used most often:

  • LiveBaltimore.com: A comprehensive list of neighborhoods, many linked to neighborhood profiles, community and homeowner assoctaions, and histories.
  • Spotcrime Baltimore Crime Map:  Search by address to see most recent crimes, or receive crime alerts.
  • City-Data Baltimore Forum:  List of links to neighborhood info and neighborhood associations.  Ask questions in the forum and receive answers from residents and former residents.
  • Baltimore City 2000 Census:  Slightly out of date information, but still useful.
  • Greatschools.net:  School information for Baltimore City and surrounding jurisdictions.

Research Your Prospective Landlord and Home

There are several things to consider when moving into a new rental home or apartment.  Is your prospective landlord a slumlord?  Is the home lead-safe?  Has the home been registered with the city as a rental?  If the home has been rehabbed, was the work done the right way — to code, and with permits?  Here are a few ways you can find out:

Maryland Judiciary Case Search:  Search by name or company name, and see if your prospective landlord has been sued for housing code violations, including lead paint violations.

Baltimore City Health Department Lead Paint Violations:  See if your address is on the list for outstanding violations.

MDE Lead Certification Database:  The Maryland Department of the Environment maintains a database of addresses that have current lead paint certifications, searchable by address.  You can also call the number at the bottom of the screen to inquire about an address if you can’t find it in the database.

Baltimore City Permits Search:  Find out if the work done on your prospective home was completed with permits, and to code.

Our next post in this series will be Information for Tenants:  Where to Turn If Things Go Wrong.