Out of house and home

Maryland's legal system is stacked against renters in landlord-tenant disputes says the Baltimore Sun.
Editorial (Maryland)

Baltimore Sun
December 7, 2015

Tags: Housing: Eviction, Rent Court, Research/Data

Organizations mentioned/involved: Public Justice Center (PJC)


As The Sun’s Luke Broadwater reported this week, more than 6,000 renters are evicted from their homes every year in Baltimore, a figure that has not changed substantially for more than a decade and that has left Baltimore with the highest eviction rate of any major city in the country with the exception of Detroit.

A new study by the Public Justice Center lays the blame for this distressing situation squarely on a court system that routinely favors landlords and state laws that make it easy for property owners to prevail in eviction proceedings even when tenants have legitimate grounds for withholding rents.

The PJC study, which was funded by the Abell Foundation, found that judges often ignore deplorable conditions such as leaking roofs, collapsed ceilings and broken stoves, refrigerators and furnaces.