Petition Tag - property managers

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. Maryland Rental Property Owners: URGENT ACTION NEEDED!

On Tuesday, March 7th, a hearing will be held for two new legislative bills which greatly impact Maryland Rental Property Owners. Your voice needs to be added to the conversation! This petition will be submitted as testimony by Maryland Multi-Housing Association.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT THESE PROPOSED PIECES OF LEGISLATION?
It’s simple. They severely limit a landlord’s ability to recover rent, utilities, and other damages through the Failure-to-Pay-Rent process. While rental owners still have to cover operating expenses (i.e. mortgage, water), the proposed legislation 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 to HB1346, which seeks to:

  • Define rent for residential leases only as fixed and periodic payments; and
  • Explicitly prohibit a landlord from collecting on any additional payments due from the tenant as written in the lease.


  • THEREFORE, IT WILL:

    • Remove a landlord's ability to collect on utility bills, environmental citations, damages, or or charges authorized in the lease when filing Failure to Pay Rent (FTPR) cases in Rent Court;

    • Force landlords to utilize the civil court for any charge other than rent, which is cost prohibitive and more time consuming;

    • Require landlords to charge a fixed fee for variable expenses, such as water and therefore add risk of possible abuse; and

    • Have unintended consequences (listed in the petition below) to the industry.


    OUR VIEW IS:
    Rent should be defined as what’s written in a signed lease contract between two responsible parties (so long as it doesn’t violate other statutes).
    TAKE ACTION:
    Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition in advance of the March 7th hearing This petition closes on March 5th). We need show our collective strength in numbers on this issue!

    NOTE: We now have some concern with HB1487. We are not completely opposing this bill, as it has some merit as a result of consensus work done in the Summer Study Work Group. However, there was no agreement on the definition of rent, and the last minute introduction of HB1346 undermines the cooperative spirit of this consensus bill. Therefore we are circumspect to fully support and endorse this bill. It’s important to be aware of it.

    Learn more about HB1487 and our concerns on how it will affect Maryland Property Owners in our blog about the issue.

    CONTACT ME:
    If you have any questions about either 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

    3. Maryland Rental Property Owners: Oppose Maryland House Bill 1346

    Maryland Rental Property Owners: URGENT ACTION NEEDED!
    On Tuesday, March 7th, a hearing will be held for two new legislative bills which greatly impact Maryland Rental Property Owners. Your voice needs to be added to the conversation! This petition will be submitted as testimony by Maryland Multi-Housing Association.

    WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT THESE PROPOSED PIECES OF LEGISLATION?
    It’s simple. They severely limit a landlord’s ability to recover rent, utilities, and other damages through the Failure-to-Pay-Rent process. While rental owners still have to cover operating expenses (i.e. mortgage, water), the proposed legislation 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 to HB1346, which seeks to:

    • Define rent for residential leases only as fixed and periodic payments; and /li>
    • Explicitly prohibit a landlord from collecting on any additional payments due from the tenant as written in the lease.



    THEREFORE, IT WILL:

    • Remove a landlord's ability to collect on utility bills, environmental citations, damages, or or charges authorized in the lease when filing Failure to Pay Rent (FTPR) cases in Rent Court;

    • Force landlords to utilize the civil court for any charge other than rent, which is cost prohibitive and more time consuming;

    • Require landlords to charge a fixed fee for variable expenses, such as water and therefore add risk of possible abuse; and

    • Have unintended consequences (listed in the petition below) to the industry.



    OUR VIEW IS:
    Rent should be defined as what’s written in a signed lease contract between two responsible parties (so long as it doesn’t violate other statutes).

    TAKE ACTION:
    Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition in advance of the March 7th hearing This petition closes on March 5th). We need show our collective strength in numbers on this issue!

    NOTE: We now have some concern with HB1487. We are not completely opposing this bill, as it has some merit as a result of consensus work done in the Summer Study Work Group. However, there was no agreement on the definition of rent, and the last minute introduction of HB1346 undermines the cooperative spirit of this consensus bill. Therefore we are circumspect to fully support and endorse this bill. It’s important to be aware of it.

    Learn more about HB1487l and our concerns on how it will affect Maryland Property Owners in our blog about the issue.

    CONTACT ME:
    If you have any questions about either 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