Tagged: 21224

The Ongoing Battle with 214 S Eaton Street

Property Address: 214 S Eaton Street, Baltimore, MD 21224

Property Owner: 214 South Eaton Street, LLC, 9117 Orbitan Road, Baltimore, MD 21234 (Charter has been forfeited, company is not in good standing.)

Resident Agent for 214 S Eaton Street, LLC: Mark Lugenbeel, 3600 Roland Avenue, #300, Baltimore, MD 21211

City Council District and Contact: District 2, Brandon Scott

State Senator (District 46):  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates (District 46): Luke H. Clippinger, Peter A. Hammen, Brooke E. Lierman

A neighbor who lives near this home contacted us about the condition of the property. People have been breaking in via the rear fence, and the rear yard has become overgrown with weeds. It’s also a haven for trash and rats.

The home used to be a typical Baltimore rowhome as seen in the photo here (house on the right):

The house on the right is 214 S Eaton Street, before its "transformation"...

The house on the right is 214 S Eaton Street, before its “transformation”…

Here’s what someone thought would be an appropriate “rehab” of this rowhome in Highlandtown (again, it’s the home on the far right):

214 S Eaton Street, home on the far right.

214 S Eaton Street, home on the far right.

For whatever reason, I can’t imagine, the house never sold. Now it’s become a mess in the rear and a nuisance property. Here are a few photos of the rear of the property:

Fence has been propped up by vagrants/vandals

Fence has been propped up by vagrants/vandals

Weeds in the rear of 214 S Eaton Street

Weeds in the rear of 214 S Eaton Street

Trash in the rear of 214 S Eaton Street

Trash in the rear of 214 S Eaton Street

More trash in the rear of 214 S Eaton Street

More trash in the rear of 214 S Eaton Street

 

11 S Conkling Street: Major Code Violations

Update: As of January 12, all code violations have been fixed, and the tenants now have heat.

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Property Address:  11 S. Conkling Street, Baltimore, MD 21224

Property Owner: 2042 Kennedy Avenue, LLC, Baltimore, MD 21224

Managing Member/Resident Agent for 2042 Kennedy Avenue, LLC: Anthony E. Kelley, 504 S Newkirk Street, Baltimore, MD 21224 (Company is not in good standing with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation)

City Council District and Contact: District 2, Brandon Scott

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete HammenLuke ClippingerBrian McHale

Thanks to one person (Reader SF), the owner of this property has been cited for 24 separate code violations by Baltimore Housing. The home is occupied as a rooming house (some would say flophouse), with people living in the unfinished basement, in dangerous conditions. The tenant who was living in the cellar filed a rent escrow complaint with the District Court of Baltimore City, but the complaint was dismissed. Unfortunately, this is a story we hear far too often — our District Court judges need to pay more attention to these complaints, and take these cases seriously when the tenant has documentation to back up their claims. Nobody should be forced to live in uninhabitable dangerous conditions, only to be told by a judge “Too bad.”

The code violations are as follows:

  • Hallway at top of basement steps: Defective floor
  • Basement steps: Area lacks proper protection
  • Basement steps: Defective stair riser(s)
  • Basement rear wall: Defective wall
  • Throughout basement: Illegal extension cords
  • Basement rear ceiling: Defective electrical fixture
  • Basement front: Multiple defective electrical outlets
  • Basement front: Defective water pipe
  • Dining room wall: Defective electrical outlet
  • First floor kitchen: Defective floor
  • First floor kitchen ceiling: Defective ceiling
  • First floor kitchen: Fuse box missing
  • First floor kitchen: Windows or doors not weatherproof
  • First floor kitchen: Defective door hardware
  • First floor kitchen: Defective electrical outlet
  • Rear second floor bathroom: Window glass cracked or missing
  • Rear second floor bathroom: Defective toilet
  • Throughout second floor bathroom: Defective walls
  • Rear basement: Cellar being used as habitable space

The owner, an LLC, has been given 30 days to correct all violations, and has also been ordered to stop allowing people to live in the cellar. You can read the violation notice, in its entirety, by downloading this PDF file.

This is just one of hundreds of unsafe, unhealthy homes I heard about in 2014. Our elected officials need to do more to hold these property owners accountable. Many times the residents won’t complain out of fear of retaliation and being evicted (link opens a PDF) — but this resident complained, and most likely — she and her family will have to move. Why should our most vulnerable residents bear the burden of unsafe and unhealthy housing when we have laws in place to stop property owners like this one? Hold these folks accountable, and demand that our state and local government enforce the laws intended to protect residents from unsafe housing.

407 N Rose Street

This is just one of around a dozen properties sent in by Reader SF! Many thanks!

Property Address: 407 N Rose Street, Baltimore, MD 21224

Property Owner: Sanford Kreisler, 21252 Diversion Canal Road, Saint Amant, LA 70774

City Council District and Contact: District 13, Warren Branch

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete Hammen, Luke Clippinger, Brian McHale

Baltimore Housing filed for receivership of this home in June of this year — Sanford Kreisler has been featured here before, and has dozens of cases filed against him for housing code violations, foreclosures, and lead paint.

407 N Rose Street

407 N Rose Street

From Bedding to Blight: 4006 Pulaski Highway

Property Address: 4006 Pulaski Highway, Baltimore, MD 21224

Property Owner: Roberts Discount Bedding, Inc. (charter not in good standing), 6 Shadywoods Court, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Resident Agent for Roberts Discount Bedding, Inc: Lou Friedman, 9A Gwynns Mill Court, Owings Mills, MD 21117

City Council District and Contact: District 2, Brandon Scott

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete HammenLuke ClippingerBrian McHale

4006 Pulaski Highway

4006 Pulaski Highway

Bank-Owned Blight: 3529 Esther Place

Property Address: 3529 Esther Place, Baltimore, MD 21224

Property Owner: US Bank National Association, 1 Home Campus, Des Moines, IA 50328

Resident Agent for US Bank National Association: The Corporation Trust Inc., 351 W Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

City Council District and Contact: District 1, Jim Kraft

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete HammenLuke ClippingerBrian McHale

3529 Esther Place

3529 Esther Place

3529 Esther Place, rear

3529 Esther Place, rear

 

3530 and 3532 E Fayette Street

Property Address: 3530 E Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21224

Property Owner: Michelle McDonald, same address

Property Address: 3532 E Fayette Street, Baltmore, MD 21224

Property Owner: Brenda & James Mitchell, 3919 Ridgecroft Road, Baltimore, MD 21224

City Council District and Contact: District 1, Jim Kraft

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete HammenLuke ClippingerBrian McHale

3530 E Fayette Street

3530 E Fayette Street

3530 E Fayette was purchased, in foreclosure, by Equitable Calvert, LLC. The sale was ratified by the court on 12/6/13.

A receivership case was filed against 3532 E Fayette on 12/19.

3410 Esther Place

Property Address: 3410 Esther Place, Baltimore, MD 21224

Property Owner: Henry Odom & Julie Douglas, 35 Old Knife Court, Baltimore, MD 21220

City Council District and Contact: District 1, Jim Kraft

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete HammenLuke ClippingerBrian McHale

3410 Esther Place

3410 Esther Place

Baltimore Housing filed a receivership petition for this property in November, 2013.