Quoted in Time Magazine

It’s nice to get a little recognition every once in awhile. I’ve written a lot about landlord/tenant situations, and the Firm still receives a fair amount of calls from unhappy tenants or disgruntled landlords. Several months ago, I was interviewed for an article that appeared on December 1, 2014 on Time Magazine’s website. Time Magazine […]

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So you want to be a landlord? Part 10 – Roommates

As many of you know, I answer a lot of questions on AVVO. Providing quick answers to commonly asked legal questions is one way I choose to give back to the community. A great bulk of the questions on Avvo concern landlord/tenant relationships. Lately, it seems that there’s been a recurring string of questions on […]

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Civil Litigation 101: Maryland Rule 2-433. Sanctions.

In my previous Civil Litigation 101 blog discussing Maryland Rule 2-432 – Motions Upon Failure to Provide Discovery, I noted that Maryland courts do NOT like when parties to a lawsuit fail to play by the rules. When a party fails: (1) to attend a deposition; (2) to provide Answers to Interrogatories and/or Responses to […]

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Maryland Legislature to Consider Land Use Correction Bill – HB 1257

In 2012, the Maryland General Assembly ratified the Land Use Article which revised Maryland’s existing land use statutes codified in Articles 66B and 28 of the Maryland Annotated Code. The primary purpose of the 2012 Land Use Article — which governs the establishment and implementation of land use mechanisms by local governments in their jurisdictions […]

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Civil Litigation 101: Maryland Rule 2-432. Motions upon failure to provide discovery.

Maryland Courts do not like it when parties to a lawsuit fail to cooperate in discovery. So, what happens when you (or your attorney) have issued Interrogatories and a Request for Production of Documents to your party opponent, and your party opponent has failed to provide you with responses as required by the Maryland Rules? […]

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So You Want to be a Landlord? Part 9 — Lead-Based Paint Hazards

So Landlord…when was your rental property constructed? The answer to this question is important because most older homes — especially in historic and urban areas — contain some degree of lead-based paint. Lead paint is one of the most significant and widespread environmental hazards for children and pregnant women in Maryland. Children are at greatest […]

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Civil Litigation 101: What are Depositions?

Another important tool used in discovery (and sometimes for the trial of a matter as well) is the deposition. A deposition is the taking of out-of-court oral testimony of a witness or party. The witness or party giving the deposition is placed under oath by a court reporter — who is also a notary public […]

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Civil Litigation 101: What are Requests for Admissions?

In this Civil Litigation 101 blog series, I’ve discussed two important discovery tools: Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents. Another — often underutilized — tool undertaken in the discovery phase of a lawsuit are Requests for Admissions. However, unlike Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents, Requests for Admissions are not designed to seek […]

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Civil Litigation 101: Requests for Production of Documents

Like interrogatories (which were discussed in the previous blog: Civil Litigation 101: What are Interrogatories?) a Request for Production of Documents is a useful tool for lawyers to gather information during the discovery phase of litigation. A Request for Production of Documents, simply, is a formal written request directed to an opposing party to provide […]

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So You Want to be a Landlord? Part 8 — “Month-to-Month” Tenancies.

In an ideal world, the landlord/tenant relationship is governed by the express terms of a written lease agreement. Sometimes, however, lease agreements expire, and a tenant continues the tenancy by “holding over.” In other cases, landlords and tenants enter into oral agreements (“I, Tenant will pay you, Landlord, the sum of “X dollars” each month […]

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