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Olszewski announces foundational housing reform legislative package [VIDEO]

TOWSON, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Thursday proposed a package of foundational legislative reforms to expand access to new housing opportunities and address community concerns in Baltimore County. The proposed legislative reforms announced Thursday advances key recommendations of the County’s Affordable Housing Work Group, including: Establishing a dedicated and permanent Baltimore County Housing Opportunities Fund to allow for reoccurring investment …


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Proposal to build over 500 apartments near White Marsh Mall raises eyebrows, community input meeting to be held

WHITE MARSH, MD—A community input meeting will be held later this month to discuss a proposal that has raised some eyebrows in the White Marsh community. According to plans that have recently been made public, there is a proposal to build 516 apartments adjacent to White Marsh Mall in the former Sears site. Specific details regarding the type of apartments, …


Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office resolves disability discrimination lawsuit against developer overseeing Perry Hall senior apartment complex, other housing communities

BALTIMORE, MD—United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron and Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division this week announced that Maryland-based developer Stavrou Associates, Inc. and related entities have agreed to pay $185,000 to settle claims that they violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act …

Governor Hogan announces nearly $32 million in affordable rental housing awards

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced nearly $32 million in project awards through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) 2022 application round for federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and state Rental Housing Funds. Funds have been awarded to 12 projects as part of the competitive round. Nine additional noncompetitive awards were made through the …

Attorney General Frosh announces settlement with Westminster Management LLC, 25 property owners resolving charges related to rental practices

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Friday announced that his Consumer Protection Division has reached a settlement with Westminster Management, LLC, a New Jersey-based corporation, and the 25 companies that own or owned 17 residential communities managed by Westminster Management in Maryland. The settlement addresses charges that Westminster and the property owners violated the Consumer Protection Act by …

Maryland ranked among 2022’s best states to live in

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland has been ranked among 2022’s top 20 states to live in, according to a new report from WalletHub. With around 8.4% of Americans having moved last year, which was an historic low, the personal-finance website WalletHub this week released its report on 2022’s Best States to Live in. To help Americans settle down in the best and most …

Governor Hogan announces expansion of SmartBuy initiative to help more Maryland homebuyers

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced that the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has expanded the state’s landmark SmartBuy initiative to address rising housing market prices. To help manage purchase costs, homebuyers can now eliminate up to $50,000 in student loan debt—up from $30,000. The program has also added an additional down payment and closing cost …

Maryland Judiciary launches E-rent Pilot Program in Baltimore County

ANNAPOLIS, MD—On June 6, 2022, the District Court in Baltimore County launched an E-rent Pilot Program allowing landlords with property in Baltimore County to electronically file failure to pay rent documents into the court. Landlords and management companies who typically file multiple complaints at one time have the ability to e-file their documents using certified bulk filing service providers. A …