Monday, October 1, 2012

Community Bill of Rights Law

Effective Today: Revised Community Bill of Rights Law Allows Community Associations to Sue Owners of Nuisance Properties! 
Community Law Center invites neighborhoods to take advantage of the revised law to tackle nuisance properties!


Baltimore, MD (October 1, 2012) - Owners of abandoned properties in Baltimore City should start bringing their properties up to code, or the local community association might sue them to do just that. Today, the revised law, known as the Community Bill of Rights, goes into effect. This amended legislation makes it easier for community organizations to use the law that has been unused but on the books for 15 years.

The revised law allows for community organizations to pursue code enforcement violations to reduce nuisances in their own neighborhoods. Community associations are empowered to address problem properties by filing a private legal action against the property owner. Owners could be forced by a Circuit Court order to correct the problems with their properties that are causing a nuisance in the neighborhood.

Community organizations interested in taking advantage of this new legislation should apply for free legal assistance from Community Law Center online at www.communitylaw.org/apply-for-services or by calling Ingrid Hitchens at 410-366-0922 x 13.
 
Community Law Center, Inc. is a nonprofit law firm that provides legal representation to nonprofits and community associations in Maryland to create stronger nonprofits and more vibrant neighborhoods.
 

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