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A new look!

Welcome back to the Slumlord Watch project. Making some changes to the website, as you can see. In the meantime, while the individual property posts are being updated,…

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Link Roundup

I’ll be going back to doing these every week, or every other. I hope you enjoy some of what I found to be informative, important news stories. Seattle…

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Link Roundup

Haven’t done one of these in a while, so there are lots of random interesting links! Oh, the things people do in and around vacants…don’t let your kids…

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Like Toadstools After a Rainstorm…

You’ve seen them, I know you have.  They pop up everywhere, as if by magic:  Bandit Signs.  They usually say “WE BUY HOUSES” or something similar, with a…

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MDE Issues Enforcement Actions Against 16 City Property Owners for Lead Paint Violations

From the Maryland Department of the Environment: MDE’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves as the coordinating agency for statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. Under the 1994…

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Link Roundup

Lots of good stuff in the news this week! In the Baltimore Sun, Luke Broadwater reports the Housing Authority of Baltimore City has disbanded and laid off its…

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Smoke Detectors Save Lives

A tragic fire in Pottsville, PA on Mother’s Day claimed the lives of six people — including four children under the age of 9.  No smoke detectors were…

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Link Roundup

Home ownership rates fell to an 18-year low, according to a report issued by the US Census Bureau on Thursday. Banks are retreating from low-income neighborhoods, especially those…

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Slumlord-Owned Property Raided By Police As City Demolishes Another

Police raided a home at 2615 Miles Avenue yesterday, owned by Syed Shah, who also owns the Pizza Boli’s chain.  The raid was part of a joint effort…

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Link Roundup

A Baltimore mortgage appraiser was sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded lenders of approximately $2.5 million. Transit-oriented development…