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Old 05-11-2011, 01:20 PM
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The Violetville Community Association is organizing a Sanitation Department walk through to identify and cite problem properties.

At first I wasn't worried, thinking this would only catch all those absentee landlords that never take care of their properties, but now that all my neighbors are in an uproar, I'm getting a little concerned.

I've read through Baltimore City Housing's code info, so I know what the regs say our property has to look like (no grass taller than 8 inches, lids on all the trash cans yada yada ), but realistically, what are these folks from the city going to be looking for?

Anyone have any insight, or received citations in that past? Should I be super-worried about the little things or do they only go after the real problem houses?
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:48 PM
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Sanitation.. you may be ok.. because they will be looking for what you have outlined litter, potential rodent problems, debris, etc.. Now if the CODE or HOUSING Inspectors are part of the tour then thats a entirely different ball of wax. Those folks can and do write tickets for the above.. but they also look at housing related safety issues like broken sidewalks, crumbling steps, falling gutters, abandon or unlicensed vehicles, cars parked on unimproved surfaces, fences, possibly trees and vegetation encroachment on the public right of way.. and dozens of other issues. He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones.. should be the lesson of the day. Usually when these folks show up for a complaint..they often walk the block doing a "survey" so when the violator complains that "hey you got me, but what about that guy over there????" They can say "oh yeah, we did a survey, got him too"

There is a whole legal thing about "equitable enforcement". They cant write one guy and let another guy slide. Typically, if you recieve a violation you will have time to correct it. if you dont correct within that time frame.. then you can get fined, cited, and end up in court. For things like trash and trash can lids though.. I believe they can just fine you.
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:15 AM
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Thanks Woodlands, this helps.

At this point it is just the sanitation dept. walking through, but I think we'll be ok either way. The only issues we have are with encroachment, and it's the city trees on the street side (with a 2 year old ticket for a pruning request sitting with Parks and Rec Forestry folks) so we should be ok.
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