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File #: 21-0042    Version: 0 Name: Real Estate Records - Modernization
Type: Ordinance Status: Enacted
File created: 2/22/2021 In control: Baltimore City Council
On agenda: Final action: 7/14/2021
Enactment #: 21-032
Title: Real Estate Records - Modernization For the purpose of modernizing the methods by which the Comptroller shall make certain information regarding the City’s real estate records available to the public; making certain stylistic changes; and conforming and correcting related provisions.
Sponsors: City Council President (Office of the Comptroller)
Indexes: Modernization, Real Estate, Records
Attachments: 1. 21-0042~1st Reader, 2. Law 21-0042, 3. DHCD 21-0042, 4. Finance 21-0042, 5. XX Final Synopsis 21-0042, 6. Real Estate 21-0042, 7. 21-0042 BCIT, 8. XX Hearing Notes 21-0042, 9. 2nd Reader Floor Amendment - Costello - 21-0042, 10. 2nd Reader Amendments 21-0042, 11. 21-0042~3rd Reader, 12. 21-0042 Signed, 13. Signed Ordinance 21-0042
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
7/19/20210 Mayor Signed by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/21/20210 Baltimore City Council Approved and Sent to the Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/17/20210 Baltimore City Council Postponed until date certain  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/3/20210 Baltimore City Council 3rd Reader, for final passage  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/3/20210 Ways and Means Recommended Favorably with Amendment  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/27/20210 Ways and Means Recommended Favorably with AmendmentPass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/20210 Ways and Means Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/25/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Office of the Comptroller  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/25/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Real Estate  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/25/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Housing and Community Development  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/25/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Finance  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/25/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to City Solicitor  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/25/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Baltimore City Archives   Action details Meeting details Not available
2/25/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Mayor's Office of Information Technology  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/22/20210 Baltimore City Council Assigned  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/22/20210 Baltimore City Council Introduced  Action details Meeting details Not available

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: The Council President

At the request of: Office of the Comptroller                                                                                     

 

                     A Bill Entitled

 

An Ordinance concerning

title

Real Estate Records - Modernization

For the purpose of modernizing the methods by which the Comptroller shall make certain information regarding the City’s real estate records available to the public; making certain stylistic changes; and conforming and correcting related provisions.

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By repealing and re-ordaining, with amendments

Article 5 - Finance, Property, and Procurement

Subtitle 16 - Records and Inventory of Real Property

Baltimore City Code

(Edition 2000)

 

By repealing and re-ordaining, with amendments

Article 28 - Taxes

Section 8-2                     

Baltimore City Code

(Edition 2000)

 

Section 1.  Be it ordained by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, That the Laws of Baltimore City read as follows:

 

                     Baltimore City Code

 

                     Article 5.  Finance, Property, and Procurement

 

                     Subtitle 16.  Records and Inventory of Real Property

 

§ 16-1.  Record of conveyances and contracts.

 

(a)  Comptroller to [keep record book] maintain online database.

 

The Comptroller shall [keep a well-bound record book, and have therein recorded] maintain a publicly-accessible online database that includes:

 

 

(1)                     all deeds and leases made to the City, or sufficient extracts from [such] those deeds and leases [as will fully explain the same] to fully identify the nature of the City’s interest in the specific property; and [also]

 

(2)                     all contracts and agreements made in relation to the property of the City.

 

[(b)  Form.]

 

[The records in said record book to be written on every other page, so that the page opposite the record may be left blank for any remarks that may be necessary to be made in regard to the disposition of said property.]

 

(b)  Searchable index [(c) Index.]

 

The [said record book] database required by this section shall [also have an alphabetical index made] be searchable for [more] easy reference to [said] the deeds, leases, contracts, and agreements within the database.

 

§ 16-2.  Comprehensive inventory required.

 

(a)  Comptroller and Director of Finance to maintain.

 

The Comptroller and the Director of Finance must maintain jointly a comprehensive inventory of City-owned real property, which must be updated quarterly to reflect acquisitions and dispositions.

 

(b)  Information required.

 

For each parcel of property, the inventory must provide the following information:

 

(1)                     a street address or, if there is no street address, a description sufficient to identify the location of the property;

 

(2)                     the date when the City acquired or took possession of the property;

 

(3)                     the purchase price paid by the City;

 

(4)                     the name of the grantor; and

 

(5)                     an estimate of the fair market value of the property, which must be updated every 3 years.

 

(c)  Agencies to cooperate.

 

All City agencies that own, acquire, or dispose of real property must comply with requests of the Comptroller and the Director of Finance in maintaining the inventory.

 

(d) Inventory open to public inspection.

 

The inventory must be [kept in the office of the Comptroller and must be open] posted online for public inspection [during regular office hours].

 

Article 28.  Taxes

 

                     Subtitle 8.  Tax Sales

 

§ 8-2.  Tax deeds copied, recorded.

 

[It shall be the duty of the] The Comptroller of the City shall, [upon receiving] on receipt of a deed from the Director of Finance of any property purchased by the City of Baltimore at any sale for taxes:

 

(1)                     to have [said] the deed:

 

(i)                     [copied into a book kept in his office for the purpose] scanned electronically into the database required by City Code, Article 5, § 16-1 {“Record of conveyances and contracts”}; and

 

(ii)                     [also] duly recorded among the land records in the Clerk’s office of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City; and

 

(2)                     when recorded, to [keep and file] retain the original deed in the Comptroller’s office.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

Section 2.  And be it further ordained, That the catchlines contained in this Ordinance are not law and may not be considered to have been enacted as a part of this or any prior Ordinance.

 

Section 3.  And be it further ordained, That this Ordinance takes effect on the 180th day after the date it is enacted.