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File #: 21-0031    Version: 0 Name: Landlord-Tenant - Lease Renewals
Type: Ordinance Status: In Committee
File created: 1/25/2021 In control: Economic and Community Development
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment #:
Title: Landlord-Tenant - Lease Renewals For the purpose of requiring, absent certain good cause circumstances, landlords to offer tenants a reasonable opportunity renew leases; providing for the manner of notice for which a landlord must send renewal notices or decline-to-renew notices; establishing a presumption of offer and acceptance, absent certain circumstances; providing for the effect of the subtitle; providing for certain administrative and criminal penalties; and providing for a special effective date.
Sponsors: Antonio Glover, President Nicholas J. Mosby, Sharon Green Middleton, Odette Ramos, Robert Stokes, Sr., John T. Bullock
Indexes: Landlord, Lease, Renewal, Tenant
Attachments: 1. 21-0031~1st Reader, 2. Law 21-0031
Explanation: Capitals indicate matter added to existing law.
[Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.

* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill

Introduced by: Councilmember Glover and President Mosby, Councilmembers Middleton, Ramos, Stokes
A Bill Entitled

An Ordinance concerning
title
Landlord-Tenant - Lease Renewals
For the purpose of requiring, absent certain good cause circumstances, landlords to offer tenants a reasonable opportunity renew leases; providing for the manner of notice for which a landlord must send renewal notices or decline-to-renew notices; establishing a presumption of offer and acceptance, absent certain circumstances; providing for the effect of the subtitle; providing for certain administrative and criminal penalties; and providing for a special effective date.
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By adding
Article 13 - Housing and Urban Renewal
Sections 8C-1 through 8C-9, to be under the new subtitle,
“Subtitle 8C. Lease Renewals”
Baltimore City Code
(Edition 2000)

By repealing and re-ordaining, with amendments
Article 1 - Mayor, City Council, and Municipal Agencies
Section(s) 40-14(e)(1)
Baltimore City Code
(Edition 2000)

Recitals

Whereas, Baltimore City faces a housing crisis related to the devastating impact of COVID-19;

Whereas, this housing crisis has had and will continue to have a disparate impact on the City’s Black and Latinx families who have served as “essential workers” during the pandemic and who, as a result, have higher rates of COVID-19 infection and mortality, and who hav...

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