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MMHA Responds to The Baltimore Sun's Slanted Investigative Series On Rent Court & Rent Escrow Court
MMHA Responds to The Baltimore Sun's Slanted Investigative Series On Rent Court & Rent Escrow Court

Believing that The Baltimore Sun wrote the title to their "investigative series," Dismissed: Tenants Lose, Landlords Win in Baltimore City Rent Court, before properly collecting and analyzing the true facts and procedures of rent court and rent escrow court, MMHA sent our perspective to the Sun... Continue Reading

by Tommy Tompsett
05/11/2017


Apartment boom in MD headed for a slow down...
Apartment boom in MD headed for a slow down...

From the Daily Record: "The apartment boom in Maryland appears headed for a slow down as big banks nationally put the brakes on lending for multifamily projects. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that credit markets for projects nationally are drying up. MPF Research found national demand... Continue Reading

by Katie Lindner (deleted)
02/21/2017


Could Baltimore City Water Be Headed Towards Privatization?
Could Baltimore City Water Be Headed Towards Privatization?

Erroneously high water bills may lead to the privatization of the Baltimore City's water system which is currently run by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW). When asked about privatization, Mayor Catherine Pugh praised DPW ‘s new smart meter technology, "Baltimeter," and... Continue Reading

by Tommy Tompsett
01/10/2017


CDC Considers Lowering Lead Level Threshold by 30%
CDC Considers Lowering Lead Level Threshold by 30%

Saying that it would make it easier for health practitioners to identify more children affected by lead, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is considering lowering its threshold for lead levels in children by at least 30 percent from 5 micrograms per deciliter to 3.5... Continue Reading

by Tommy Tompsett
01/4/2017


HUD Sets Fiscal Year 2017 FMR
HUD Sets Fiscal Year 2017 FMR

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published its final fiscal year 2017 fair market rents (FMR) for Maryland. The Baltimore-Columbia-Towson metropolitan area, which includes Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Queen... Continue Reading

by Tommy Tompsett
12/30/2016


Revised Warrant of Restitution Form
Revised Warrant of Restitution Form

Administrative Services for the District Court of Maryland has notified district court practitioners that the Petition for Warrant of Restitution Form ( DC-CV-081) has been revised . The new warrant of restitution form can be found by clicking here. Please note, the previous version of the... Continue Reading

by Tommy Tompsett
12/30/2016


Analysis on the Fight for 15 from the Pew Rearerch Center
Analysis on the Fight for 15 from the Pew Rearerch Center

The Pew Research Center recently released some interesting survey results concerning the balance between the working conditions and the pay that companies provide their employees and the bottom line costs for consumers. The survey can be summarized as follows: Around one-half of Americans feel... Continue Reading

by Tommy Tompsett
12/20/2016


President-elect Trump to nominate Dr. Ben Carson for HUD Secretary
President-elect Trump to nominate Dr. Ben Carson for HUD Secretary

Dr. Ben Carson is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Dr. Carson will be charged with running an agency with a budget of $47.9 billion and over 8,400 employees. HUD plays a significant role in all housing arenas. For... Continue Reading

by Tommy Tompsett
12/5/2016


Maryland Court of Appeals Restates the Law on Rent Escrow Cases
Maryland Court of Appeals Restates the Law on Rent Escrow Cases

On November 29, 2016, The Maryland Court of Appeals published an opinion regarding rent escrow. The 21 page opinion in Wendy Crane v. EZ Rentals is simply a restatement of the current rent escrow law found in the Maryland Real Property Article, §8-211(e). The Honorable Robert N. McDonald's... Continue Reading

by Tommy Tompsett
12/2/2016


Overtime Pay Hike for 4.2 Millon Workers Halted in Federal Court
Overtime Pay Hike for 4.2 Millon Workers Halted in Federal Court

On Tuesday, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas blocked an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to approximately 4.2 million salaried workers nationwide from taking effect, imperiling one of the outgoing president’s signature achievements for boosting... Continue Reading

by Tommy Tompsett
11/23/2016


Update on Maryland Employer Mandated Paid Sick Leave
Update on Maryland Employer Mandated Paid Sick Leave

Yesterday, Senator Thomas "Mac" Middleton (D - Charles County), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, held an interim hearing on Employer Mandated Paid Sick Leave. With the primary sponsor of last year's paid sick leave bill, Senator Pugh, becoming the Mayor of Baltimore and thus departing... Continue Reading

by Tommy Tompsett
11/18/2016


Lawsuit Filed Over Discriminatory Facebook Housing Ads
Lawsuit Filed Over Discriminatory Facebook Housing Ads

The National Apartment Association (NAA) highlights a potential class action lawsuit against Facebook on the grounds that the social networking site allows racial discrimination in housing and employment ads, violating the Fair Housing Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The NAA article can be... Continue Reading

by Tommy Tompsett
11/16/2016