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Baltimore City vs. Stanley Rochkind

Interesting to note that the city has filed for the condemnation of five Rochkind-owned properties on W. Saratoga Street.  Besides the properties in the 900 block of W. Saratoga Street, a Rochkind controlled company also owns 1127 W. Saratoga Street.  This property is on the list of outstanding lead paint violations issued by the Baltimore City Health Department.

We’re hoping the city will follow up and condemn more of his blighted lead paint-filled properties, and get them out of the hands of this slumlord.We suggest starting with 1003 and 1005 S. Carey Street, as we’ve written about these properties in this blog, and they’re also owned by Rochkind-controlled LLCs.

We wish our city attorneys the best of luck with these cases!

Interesting Items from the 2015 Baltimore Tax Sale List

Every year the city auctions off property (both lots and structures) when the property owner fails to pay municipal fees, like water bills and property taxes. Many of these parcels are owned by people who have no idea what to do, in order to save their homes. There is help available, for those who need it.

However, it’s always interesting to see how many investor-owned properties, many of which are blighted vacants, end up on the tax sale list. The 2015 list contains a total of 28,857 properties. The liens range from a low of $250 to a high of $1,814,710. Of these properties, 3,743 are owned by LLCs, many of them forfeited (The most notable LLC name has to be Bump Bump Wump of Gump, LLC. Catchy…but forfeited, and they owe $16,128 on a house on Springdale Avenue. Another chunk of properties are owned by corporations, trusts, and other entities — add those to the LLCs and it makes up about a quarter to one third of the list overall.

The usual suspects are on the list, too:  Holabird Investments, CE Realty (27 properties), Stanley Rochkind through his various shell companies (65 properties with liens on them), John Reiff, Anthony Delaurentis and John Reid — under their various shell companies, they have over 70 properties listed. Various Skyline entities own 176 properties on the list, and Rex Frost has a mere six. The Mayor and City Council are on the hook for 18 properties, one of which has a lien on it for over $104,000 — 2103 Hollins Street, which is a blighted vacant probably not worth much more than $5000.

Seeing all of these properties on the list gives me hope that perhaps they’ll be purchased by someone who will fix them up and do good things with them. I think two thirds of my neighborhood is on the list — at least half. Just one more piece of the fallout from the mortgage bust, and what happens when predatory buyers swoop in and purchase properties with the hopes of getting rich quick.

Here’s the full list, for those who might be interested in becoming responsible property owners. Good luck, and best of luck to those who are trying to save their homes — make sure you avail yourself of the workshops offering legal help — the first one is this coming Saturday!

City of Chicago Posts Data on Problem Property Owners. Hey, So Do We!

Fantastic news, if you’re a tenant in Chicago — you now have the ability to see where the problem owners are, so you can avoid them. It’s like having your own Slumlordwatch, only this is sanctioned and recognized by the city.

What’s really interesting about Chicago’s ordinance is that it somewhat echoes one of the rules Vacants to Value started with — owners who were not in compliance with existing properties would be unable to purchase more, through the city, until their other properties were brought to code. From Chicago’s website:

Building owners who appear on the list will not be able to obtain business licenses, receive zoning changes, acquire city land or receive financial assistance like Tax Increment Financing (TIF), or obtain building permits not related to addressing their violations.

Unfortunately, Baltimore has all but disregarded its own rules, allowing people who are not in compliance to purchase more homes through their V2V auctions. For example, John Reiff. He’s been able to purchase 10 homes under his own name, and four under his shell company “Land Research Associates” since 2010. He also purchases homes at city tax sales, despite being disbarred for bid-rigging at other municipal auctions, and the deeds aren’t being recorded, shielding him and others who do the same from accountability. A sampling of Reiff’s tax sale purchases:

  • 1642 Lochwood Road, right of redemption foreclosed in 2012, yet the home is still receiving the homestead tax credit, and ownership information has not been updated.
  • 3037 Walbrook Avenue, purchased with another Reiff-affiliated shell company, ETS Maryland. Right of redemption was foreclosed in 2012, ownership information is not updated.
  • 1019 Darley Avenue, purchased by ETS Maryland. Right of redemption was foreclosed in 2012, ownership information is not updated.
  • 1677 Darley Avenue, purchased by ETS Maryland. Right of redemption was foreclosed in 2011, ownership information is not updated.
  • 505 S Bentalou Street, purchased by ETS Maryland. Right of redemption was foreclosed in 2011, ownership information is not updated.
  • 1805 E Federal Street, purchased by ETS Maryland. Right of redemption was foreclosed in 2012, ownership information is not updated.

What’s really shocking is that while ETS Maryland was purchasing city-owned properties, the city was filing receivership cases on ETS — 25 total open receivership cases, in fact, going back to 2008.

Then we come to Stanley Rochkind — a landlord who has been the defendant in hundreds of lead paint lawsuits and other housing violations, dating back to at least the 1980s. Not to mention, he owns dozens of blighted dilapidated homes under various business trusts, LLCs, and other shell companies. I was able to find 150 of them, though I believe there are many more.

Citizens need to be aware of who they’re doing business with — a home, even for a renter, is an investment. For most people, it’s their single-largest monthly payment. Many kudos to the City of Chicago for recognizing that taxpayers need to have all the tools possible to make good choices — and we’ll keep writing about Baltimore’s bad landlords until we’ve written about all of them.  Because for every John Reiff and Stanley Rochkind out there who don’t play by the rules, there are dozens of people who want to be responsible property owners, and we need to pave the way for them — a good first step would be putting the bad ones out of business.

 

 

513 N Port Street

Another property submitted by Reader SF!

Property Address: 513 N Port Street, Baltimore, MD 21205

Property Owner: MND Development, LLC, 5616 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215 (A Stanley Rochkind-controlled entity)

Resident Agent for MND Development, LLC: Jack Novograd, same address

City Council District and Contact: District 13, Warren Branch

State Senator: Nathaniel McFadden

State Delegates: Talmadge Branch, Nina R. Harper, Cheryl Glenn

513 N Port Street

513 N Port Street

3002 W Garrison Avenue

Property Address:  3002 W Garrison Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215

Property Owner: NB3 Business Trust, c/o Charles Runkles, 5616 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215 (a Stanley Rochkind-controlled entity)

Registered Agent for NB3 Business Trust: Jack Novograd, same address.

City Council District and Contact:  District 5, Rochelle Rikki Spector

State Senator:  Lisa Gladden

State Delegates:  Jill Carter, Nathaniel Oaks, Samuel Rosenberg

3002 W Garrison Avenue

3002 W Garrison Avenue — Note the broken upstairs window and collapsing porch roof.

3002 W Garrison, rear -- again, note the broken windows upstairs.

3002 W Garrison, rear — again, note the broken windows upstairs.

5348 Maple Avenue

Property Address: 5348 Maple Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215

Property Owner: NB3 Business Trust, c/o Charles Runkles, 5616 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215 (a Stanley Rochkind-controlled entity)

Registered Agent for NB3 Business Trust: Jack Novograd, same address.

City Council District and Contact:  District 5, Rochelle Rikki Spector

State Senator:  Lisa Gladden

State Delegates:  Jill Carter, Nathaniel Oaks, Samuel Rosenberg

5348 Maple Avenue -- note the broken 2nd floor windows.

5348 Maple Avenue — note the broken 2nd floor windows.

5304 Maple Avenue

Property Address: 5304 Maple Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215

Property Owner: NB3 Business Trust, c/o Charles Runkles, 5616 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215 (a Stanley Rochkind-controlled entity)

Registered Agent for NB3 Business Trust: Jack Novograd, same address.

City Council District and Contact:  District 5, Rochelle Rikki Spector

State Senator:  Lisa Gladden

State Delegates:  Jill Carter, Nathaniel Oaks, Samuel Rosenberg

5304 Maple Avenue -- note the porch roof is close to collapsing.

5304 Maple Avenue — note the porch roof is close to collapsing.

Update: 310 N Franklintown Road

This property, one of many owned by shell entities created by slumlord Stanley Rochkind and his associates, went through the receivership process, and will soon be auctioned off — hopefully to someone who will actually maintain the property and not allow it to fall into ruin.

See the property and the original post (from January of this year) here.

A Trio of Blight: 1705, 1703, 1701 N Dukeland

Property Address:  1705, 1703, 1701 N Dukeland Street, Baltimore, MD 21216

Property Owner (1705):  Cleveland Hamilton and Henry Brandon, 4503 Runnymeade Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Property Owner (1703):  N10 Business Trust (a Stanley Rochkind-controlled entity, company is not in good standing), PO Box 32118, Baltimore, MD 21282

Resident Agent for N10 Business Trust:  Jack Novograd, 5616 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215

Property Owner (1701):  MLP Holdings, LLC, PO Box 9966, Newark, DE 19714  (Company is not in good standing, charter has been forfeited)

Resident Agent for MLP Holdings, LLC:  There is no resident agent for this company.

City Council District and Contact:  District 7, Nick Mosby

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

State Delegates:  Barbara RobinsonShawn TarrantFrank Conaway, Jr.

1705, 1703, and 1701 N Dukeland Street

1705, 1703, and 1701 N Dukeland Street

 

2514 Keyworth Avenue

Property Address:  2514 Keyworth Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215

Property Owner:  Sylvester Burchell and Tamara Creary, 603 Pritchard Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

City Council District and Contact:  District 6, Sharon Green Middleton

State Senator:  Catherine Pugh

State Delegates:  Barbara RobinsonShawn TarrantFrank Conaway, Jr.

2514_keyworth_avenueThis property was flipped between several of Stanley Rochkind’s shell companies before being sold in 2013.  There are no permits on file for this address.