Many thanks to everyone who voiced your opposition to potentially unconstitutional legislation introduced last month by the Baltimore City Council. I am happy to report that Baltimore City Bill 17-0113 has been placed "on hold," which I believe is a result of collective efforts by those who quickly stepped up in opposition. I can't thank you enough for joining the conversation and being a part of the collective voice for do-it-yourself landlords.
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!
Housing matters between landlords and tenants are usually heard by the District Court, in a special Rent Court docket. Baltimore created the nation’s first Rent Court to hear housing cases between landlords and tenants. On a typical day, 800-1,000 cases are heard. In some counties, the pace at which housing cases are heard can be fast, depending on the whether or not the landlord and/or tenant appears and evidence (or lack thereof) presented.
My years of landlord and property management experience fed by desire to create Rent Court Manager. I understand the hassle of having to take your tenants to court - the days lost at the courthouse and the hours spent trying to track down the status of a case. And let’s not forget the lost rent that quickly racks up for each day in the process ($40/day on average). I wanted to make it simple for the do-it-yourself landlord or property manager to file an eviction. And more importantly, have the confidence that they had “checked all the boxes” and were properly prepared in court.
If your rental property was built before 1978, it must be registered, and you will be required to distribute specific educational materials to your tenants and meet specific lead paint risk reduction standards at certain triggering events.
I am often asked if an attorney is necessary in filing an eviction. While not absolutely necessary (there are agents available to represent you in court), there are several compelling reasons to opt for an attorney. In my experience as a property manager, and having spent a significant amount of time in Rent Court, I saw many cases where an attorney would have made the difference for the landlord. The benefits of an attorney became crystal clear for me.
RECAP: Brian Wocjik, CEO of diyRealty, Inc., led a panel discussion at the ThinkRealty Expo, held June 24, 2017 in Baltimore, MD.