745 Ryan Street

Property address:  745 Ryan Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Property owner:  Jacob Fraidin, 3406 Fielding Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

City Council District and contact:  District 11, William Cole

Located in the Barre Circle neighborhood in SW Baltimore, this house is a particular eyesore, as the surrounding homes were redeveloped 20+ years ago as part of Baltimore’s successful Dollar House program.  It’s such a shame to see blight creeping into this charming neighborhood of rowhomes and grassy common areas.  Unfortunately, the home’s current owner doesn’t have a great track record as an “investor” — multiple foreclosures, civil suits, etc.  Hopefully the neighborhood can band together and get rid of this nuisance before he purchases more property in the area.

Front of 745 Ryan Street

Rear of 745 Ryan Street

8 comments

  1. PPNA Matt

    He also owes back property taxes dating back to at least 2006 (the city’s online website only goes back three years, so he could owe more). I wonder why an investor hasn’t bought the tax lien on the property that is located in a stable neighborhood.

    • slumlordwatch

      Unfortunately, there’s a letter on the door saying the roof structure has collapsed, and the city recommends razing the house. I don’t think it’s a good investment, as you’d need to put close to 100K into the house (assuming a new buyer isn’t a slumlord). It’s a tiny house — an alley house, you could say. It probably isn’t worth more than 100K in good shape, never mind with a collapsed roof. Had he bothered to take care of the problem earlier, it could have been a nice little house.

      • PPNA Matt

        Why the city doesn’t use eminent domain or file a receivership suit is beyond me. If I lived next door to that property I would harass the city’s housing code enforcement office on a daily basis.

      • slumlordwatch

        Honestly, I don’t understand most of what our city government does. No wonder the city looks and feels like a third-world country.

  2. Dustin

    Here’s an update on this property: I’ve owned the adjacent property since 2008 and it’s been a constant struggle. After a lot of phone calls and emails to everyone up to and including the Mayor’s office, we finally got a foothold. As of now, the property was approved for receivorship and will be going up for auction. The roof was repaired by the City a few months ago and my house is no longer sustaining damage. The owner, Mr. Fraidin, did everything he could to complicate the process and has proven himself to be a truely awful person who has no business owning property. The auction date has not yet been set but I am working with Seth Greer from the City to make sure that everything moves along. Mr. Greer has been phenomenal in helping my wife and I through the process and making sure that everything is taking care of. More info as it comes.

    • slumlordwatch

      Dustin, VERY happy to hear that someone at Baltimore Housing has been helpful to you and your wife — and you’re right — Mr. Fraidin has no business owning property, his record speaks for itself. I hope someone buys the property and moves in, instead of buying it for an “investment” that will go nowhere. You deserve good neighbors, especially after what you went through!

  3. Dustin

    Another update: 745 Ryan Street sold at auction today for $19,000. I haven’t been able to find out the buyer but once I know I’ll fill you in.

    • slumlordwatch

      This is great news! Thanks again for the update — hopefully the buyer will become a homeowner or a responsible landlord, and better than the last owner.

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