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Baltimore County Passes the HOME Act

On November 4, the Baltimore County Council passed the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act which prohibits discrimination based on source of income, making it illegal for landlords to refuse to rent to otherwise qualified tenants who participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The bill passed with one amendment, which exempts landlords who own Read more about Baltimore County Passes the HOME Act[…]

Time to End Housing Segregation and Discrimination in Baltimore County

On October 4, Baltimore County introduced the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act which will end source of income discrimination by eliminating discrimination against people who use a Housing Choice voucher. Eliminating discrimination based on how people pay for housing provides important new protections for people who freelance, seniors receiving a pension or Social Security, Read more about Time to End Housing Segregation and Discrimination in Baltimore County[…]

“My Landlord Won’t Make Repairs, Now What?”

We get quite a few inquiries from tenants who are living in unimaginable circumstances. No heat or hot water in the winter, basements and walls covered in black mold, flooded basements, even a collapsed ceiling or two, and they’ve contacted the landlord. Their circumstances may vary, but the question at the end of the email Read more about “My Landlord Won’t Make Repairs, Now What?”[…]

Damage vs Normal Wear and Tear

A lot of our tenant inquiries this week were about security deposits, and the difference between normal wear and tear vs damage. A few landlords were asking about it, too, so it seemed a topic worth investigating further. The good news: There is a difference. The bad news: Nobody can really agree on what the Read more about Damage vs Normal Wear and Tear[…]