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File #: 19-0140R    Version: 0 Name: Request for State Action - In Rem Foreclosure and Sale for Vacant and Abandoned Properties
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 2/25/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 2/25/2019
Enactment #:
Title: Request for State Action - In Rem Foreclosure and Sale for Vacant and Abandoned Properties For the purpose of calling upon the General Assembly to pass and the Governor to sign legislation that would allow Baltimore City and other local jurisdictions to pursue in rem foreclosures against certain abandoned and vacant properties.
Sponsors: Mary Pat Clarke, Bill Henry, John T. Bullock, Kristerfer Burnett, President Young, Brandon M. Scott, Sharon Green Middleton, Robert Stokes, Sr.
Indexes: Foreclosure, Properties, Request for State Action, Sale, Vacant
Attachments: 1. 19-0140R~1st Reader, 2. Completed File_19-0140R
* 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 R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Clarke

A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Request for State Action - In Rem Foreclosure and Sale for Vacant and Abandoned Properties
For the purpose of calling upon the General Assembly to pass and the Governor to sign legislation that would allow Baltimore City and other local jurisdictions to pursue in rem foreclosures against certain abandoned and vacant properties.
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Recitals

We are all familiar with Baltimore’s struggle to seek a solution for the thousands of vacant and abandoned properties that are a blight on our neighborhoods and communities. Through the efforts of Vacants-to-Value and Project CORE, we are making progress, but the magnitude of the issue deserves an all-of-the above approach to truly combat it. House Bill 557 and Senate Bill 509, as cross-filed, authorizes local governments to pursue judicial in rem tax foreclosures against certain blighted properties and is another step in the right direction to removing blight from our communities.

H.B. 557 and S.B. 509 would allow Baltimore City to establish a judicial in rem process, eliminating the tax sale process on properties, structures, and lots that have unpaid liens for at least 6 months and are considered vacant and abandoned. This in rem process is a faster process and ensures vacant and abandoned properties with unpaid liens are made available for redevelopment. Often, these properties sit vacant for years going through the tax sale process and no one bids on t...

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