1106 Appleton Street

Interesting story behind this property — it mirrors the story we wrote about 1101 Nanticoke Street.  You have a nice house attached to a vacant, the vacant has a leaky roof, so now the nicer house has a mold and mildew problem.

The home is listed for sale, yet when the resident next door called to complain about the damage to his home, the real estate company employees have repeatedly told him they have no idea who owns the home — not sure how that could be true, since you couldn’t list a home for sale without the owner’s permission.  My guess is the real estate company, Spectrum Enterprises, simply doesn’t want a liability issue.

I met the man who lives in the nicer home, and his wife, yesterday.  You couldn’t ask for nicer neighbors — they keep their home tidy, their yard tidy, and they simply want resolution to this problem.  I’m hoping this post will get that ball rolling.

There’s some good news and some bad news about the property’s owner — he’s currently incarcerated, for refusing to clean up his lead paint-filled properties.  But he’s scheduled to be released soon, and he’ll be on house arrest, so if the owner of the adjoining property wants to sue — he’ll be home to open the door for a process server!

Property address:  1106 Appleton Street, Baltimore, MD 21217

Property Owner:  C Murrell Business Consultant, Inc., PO Box 16413, Baltimore, MD 21217 (corporation is not in good standing) / 600 Laurel Hill Lane, Catonsville, MD 21228

Resident Agent for C Murrell Business Consultant, Inc.:  Cephus Murrell, 600 Laurel Hill Lane, Catonsville, MD 21228

City Council District and Contact:  District 9, “Pistol” Pete Welch

State Senator:  Verna Jones Rodwell

State Delegates:  Keith HaynesKeiffer Mitchell JrMelvin Stukes

1106 N Appleton Street

1106 N Appleton Street



  1. Mike B

    While i’d love to say SUE THE CRAP OUT OF HIM, make sure he has the means and the will to actually pay up if you win. Otherwise, you will tear your hair out trying to collect. You can’t even call insurance, because they wont pay to stop the water from damaging their house. I don’t even know if the judge can order him to fix his house, i know mine didn’t.

    • Baltimore Slumlord Watch

      I think this guy has the means to pay for the damages — my guess is he doesn’t have the will. He’s a sleazy slumlord…even worse than another slumlord I know…ahem.

  2. Mike B

    if they do end up suing (which, despite the frustration involved, they probably should), they could try to get an estimate on what would need to be done to stop the damage to their home, maybe the judge would either force him to fix it, or award them the money to get it done for him. it’s weird to say, but i think it depends on the judge. that might price them out of small claims though, in which it is cheap to file.

    • Baltimore Slumlord Watch

      I think if they’re low-income they could go to Legal Aid — they handle civil cases. But really, it’s the landlord’s responsibility to sue, I’m not sure the tenants have any standing…and I’m 99% sure they rent.

  3. michael cherry

    Better yet, sue the guy now, while he is in prison. Serving him will not be a problem. Your goal is not to receive money but to settle out of court. Tell him he can make it all go away for the title to the house. Fix it up and rent it out.

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