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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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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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Thinking about Renting a Room in your House?

Collaborative approaches to problem solving are always a good thing. So, why not collaborate in blogging, too? …Especially when there’s good information worth sharing. I received a very complimentary e-mail about this Firm’s blog from my “big fans” and new friends at Homeinsurance.org. Homeinsurance.org prides itself on “Bringing home owners everywhere the latest insurance updates, […]

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So you want to be a landlord? Part 7 — Returning/Withholding the Security Deposit

I covered this topic in Part 4 of my blog series. However, this topic warrants its own discussion. When can a landlord withhold a security deposit? How much can the landlord withhold? Can a landlord seek damages from the tenant if the costs to repair a tenant’s damage to the rental property exceed the amount […]

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So you want to be a landlord? Part 6 — Help! How do I evict my tenant?

Let’s face it, Landlord, your relationship with your tenant may — like all relationships — have its ups and downs. Expect these bumps. Expect that at some point your tenant may make unreasonable demands upon you regarding repairs. Expect that your tenant may not always abide by the terms of your lease agreement. And in […]

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Pit Bull Bill Passes!

Maryland lawmakers reconvened in a special session in Annapolis on Thursday to grapple with the recent Maryland Court of Appeals ruling in Tracey v. Solesky, which held that owners and anyone with the power to control the presence of pit bull type dogs or pit bull mixes on the premises is strictly liable for any […]

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Update on the Maryland Pit Bull Decision

In a previous blog entitled “Landlords, Pit Bulls, and Liabiality. Oh my!” I discussed the Maryland Court of Appeals decision in Tracey v. Solesky. In that (in my opinion, bad) decision Maryland’s highest court determined that pit bulls are a dangerous breed of dog and imposed a strict liability standard in cases involving pit bull […]

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So you want to be a landlord? Part 5 — The Implied Warranty of Habitability

So Landlord, you’ve already: 1. obtained your rental license; 2. found and approved a qualified tenant; 3. entered into a well-crafted lease agreement that protects both your interests and the tenants; and, 4. properly collected (and provided your tenant with a receipt) and deposited your tenant’s security deposit into an appropriate account. Do your obligations […]

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So you want to be a landlord? Part 4 — The Security Deposit

Ok, Landlord. In the words of Inigo Montoya let me “sum up” our journey thus far: 1. You’ve obtained your local jurisdiction’s rental license; 2. You’ve found a qualified, responsible, and trustworthy tenant for your rental property; 3. You’ve negotiated and drafted a lease agreement that protects you, your property, and one that delineates your […]

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