Petition Tag - baltimore city

1. Baltimore City (and Maryland) Rental Property Owners: URGENT ACTION NEEDED!

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! This petition will be delivered at the hearing once it's scheduled and is done in collaboration with Maryland Multi-Housing Association. We need your help - spread the word - FORWARD THIS TO OTHERS.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT THIS PROPOSED PIECE OF LEGISLATION?
It’s simple. It will require landlords/owners to include a provision in their leases offering residential tenants mediation before eviction proceedings can commence. It severely limits a landlord’s ability to recover rent through the Failure-to-Pay-Rent process. While rental owners still have to cover operating expenses (i.e. mortgage, water). The proposed bill creates more opportunity for unwarranted delays within the court before rent is paid to the owner.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition and join our effort to defeat a legislative over-reach.

OUR VIEW IS:
1. This is potentially unconstitutional. 2. There are sufficient tenant remedies and defenses to prevent evictions as written in the current statute. 3. Even though this bill is targeting landlords that own five or more rental properties, it affects all landlords because the bill can be amended prior to vote.

TAKE ACTION:
Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition in advance of the yet to be scheduled hearing date.

CONTACT ME:
If you have any questions about this bill, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at brian@diyrealty.co.

JOIN LANDLORD 411:
You can also stay on top of this and other issues affecting you by joining Landlord 411. We are advocates for small business and independent landlords.

Thank you in advance for your support,
Brian Wojcik, Organizer, Landlord 411

2. Poor People's Initiative Revisted

"A city that isn't growing is dying,"and our beloved city, The Greatest City on Earth (Baltimore City) is slowly becoming a ghost town. As we all should be aware of our population has drop from 950,000 in 1950 to 621,000 today. It is estimated that 20,000 vacant buildings and lots take up space, and more than one house in eight is vacant.

Just last year, authorities indicted 48 members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang, accusing some of violence that includes 10 killings. Law enforcement alleged that the gang operated around Green Mount Cemetery, on Oliver's western border. As a direct result of this shrinkage, along with our ever present systematically, repressive educational element, compressed tax bases, increased crime, unemployment, tight municipal budgets and abandoned neighborhoods- crime has taken its toll. In fear of the safety of our children and loved ones we end up taking our families to different communities for fun, safe indoor activities, and thus taking our money elsewhere.

However Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wants to attract 10,000 families to the city within a decade. "Our city officials, like most people, love to reap where they never sowed, city officials alone determine which depopulated neighborhoods are worth saving; what blocks should be torn down and rebuilt." Yet they demand a rent of its most neediest citizens in the form of involuntary compliance with the waste of our hard earned tax dollars spent on ineffective programs, insufficient resources to operate and sustain the few remaining programs that actually effect positive change, and certainly little to no access provided to our current families who would certainly benefit the most.

New housing provides jobs for construction workers and gains investors more capital for further development. However, much of the cost of increasing human habitat is borne by those who already live in the area: their taxes must increase to subsidize population growth. With a shift in priorities, maintaining and improving existing buildings could provide as many jobs as new construction provide. Many economists say that business needs a growing population to be successful. But in reality, money buys things, not people. For example: if you want to do well selling shoes, one Imelda Marcos is better than a whole bus filled with reality stars of any of our own modern day minstrel shows. The number of feet to wear the shoes is irrelevant if they have no money to buy them. Business doesn't need more people to prosper, business needs people to prosper more. Just like our city!

3. ABOLISH GAY CLUBS IN SCHOOLS

This petition began when the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners allowed gay clubs in our schools.

4. Cheswolde Traffic Petition

A Stop sign to reduce the amount of speeding.

Many memebers of the Cheswolde community of Baltimore City, are distressed over the amount of speeding in our neighborhoods. The following do herby petition the Department of Transportation of Baltimore City to erect a three-way stop sign, at the intersection of Hanson avenue and Woodcrest avenue.

5. Restoring Peace to the Neighborhood in Castle Street, Baltimore City

The 400 block of Castle Street in Baltimore City is in need assistance from the mayor's office to help restore peace to the neighborhood. Several residents have moved in and out of 417 N. Castle St. The residents have all been constant eyesores to the block. We the neighbors of the 400 block of Castle St. are tired of the nuisance and total lack of respect for privacy and structure.