Baltimore City Council has overstepped their legal reach by introducing potentially Unconstitutional legislation.
On Monday, August 14th, the City Council introduced a bill that will be devastating to Baltimore City Landlords. And as with most legislation, if passed, it can be a catalyst for adoption into surrounding counties, and potentially the state. Your voice needs to be added to the conversation!
Why should you care about this proposed piece of legislation?
It’s simple. It will require landlords/owners to include a provision in their leases offering residential tenants mediation before eviction proceedings can commence. It severely limits a landlord’s ability to recover rent through the Failure-to-Pay-Rent process - while rental owners still have to cover operating expenses (i.e. mortgage, water). The proposed bill creates more opportunity for unwarranted delays within the court before rent is paid to the owner.
What can you do about it?
Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition to Baltimore City Council BILL 17-0113, which seeks to:
- Obligate property owners to include a provision in their leases offering residential tenants mediation before eviction proceedings can commence; and
- Explicitly require that mediation be at the owners expense; and
- Add an additional 10-day extension for the tenant to accept or reject mediation, in addition to already existing statutory requirements; and
- Add additional unknown time delays until after the mediation proceeding, if mediation is accepted, and prevents eviction action.
This bill, if passed, will:
- Severely limit a landlord’s ability to recover rent through the Failure-to-Pay-Rent process - while rental owners still have to cover operating expenses; and
- Create more opportunity for unwarranted delays within the court before rent is paid to the owner.
Our view is:
- This bill is potentially unconstitutional.
- There are sufficient tenant remedies and defenses for the tenant to prevent evictions as written in the current statute.
- Although this is specifically targeting landlords that own five or more rental properties, it affects all landlords because the bill can be amended prior to vote.
Ways to Get Involved:
- SIGN THE PETITION:
Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition in advance of the unshceduled hearing. We need a collective voice in this issue!
- JOIN LANDLORD 411:
Stay on top of this and other issues affecting you by joining Landlord411, our advocacy group dedicated to small business and independent landlords. Our mission is to proactively empower small business and independent landlords through education, legal compliance and risk mitigation.
- CONTACT ME:
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