The Top Twenty “Must Have” Elements for Business Contracts (In Non-Lawyer Terms)

I recently had the privilege of leading a roundtable discussion for the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Chapter of SMEI on the topic of business contracts. Let’s face it, discussions on contracts rarely are “sexy,” and the mere mention of the word “contract” usually incites reactions along the lines of eye rolling, yawning, and frequent excursions to the […]

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So you want to be a landlord? Part 2 — Finding a Qualified Tenant

Hopefully by now, Landlord, you have obtained the following: (1) a habitable property to rent (and by that, I mean that the property is compliant with all building, zoning and other applicable codes); and (2) you’ve obtained your local jurisdiction’s rental license (if required). If you haven’t obtained these, stop. DO NOT rent that property….yet. […]

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So you want to be a landlord? Part 1 — The Rental License

Got Property? In these economic times, the selling of real estate isn’t happening as quickly — or for the price — that most people would like. Be that as it may, whether it’s the economy or whether someone has property and is looking to make some extra cash, I’m finding that a lot of people […]

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Maryland Zoning Law Update

What happens when a property owner pits asserted development rights against a county’s master development plan? Unfortunately, that property owner loses. Although this statement seems rather simplistic, that’s exactly what the Maryland Court of Appeals recently held in the case of HNS Development v. People’s Council of Baltimore County, et al., No. 85, September Term, […]

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Maryland “Goes Green” in Pioneering New Construction Code

Anyone involved in the construction industry is (or should be) familiar with the International Building Code promulgated by the International Code Council. Recognizing the need for national building code guidelines, the International Code Counsel first published the International Building Code in 1997, as a model building code. The International Building Code has been adopted throughout […]

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Landlords, Pit Bulls, and Liability. Oh my!

Before starting my own firm in Frederick, I was the “go to” attorney for landlord/tenant cases at a previous firm. ┬áIn fact, I still handle a lot of landlord/tenant cases. If you’ve ever checked out my Avvo Profile then you’ll notice that I answer a lot of questions on the topic of landlord/tenant issues. Usually […]

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