New Maryland Laws Affecting Property Tax Credits, Foreclosures, Ground Rent (and possibly you)

New Md. laws affecting property tax credits, foreclosures, ground rent (and possibly you)

A grab bag of housing-related legislation passed in the Maryland General Assembly’s recently completed session. Here are the highlights:

Homestead credit penalties (HB 1081): Authorizes local governments to hit people with bigger penalties if they are found to be receiving a Homestead Property Tax Credit (or credits) they don’t qualify for and “willfully misrepresented facts” to get the break. The homestead credit caps big tax increases as a result of property appreciation, but it is only for primary residences.

No homesteads for banks (SB 123): Requires that banks — or whoever purchases a home at foreclosure auction — send a copy of the court ratification notice to the state Department of Assessments and Taxation so the new owners don’t reap the benefit of homestead tax credits intended for the previous owners. Previously, the assessments agency said it had to wait until the new owner recorded the deed to transfer title, which frequently took months — even years.

Foreclosed property registry (HB 1373): Requires banks and other owners of foreclosed properties to send ownership and maintenance contact information to a state-run registry so officials and neighbors know who to call if there’s a problem.

Pre-foreclosure mediation/expedited foreclosure for vacants (HB 1374): Expands the mediation program for Maryland homeowners behind on their mortgages so borrowers and lenders don’t have to wait until the eve of foreclosure for a sit-down meeting if they both agree to it. State officials said they hope earlier intervention will lead to better alternatives than foreclosure. The legislation also allows mortgage servicers to foreclose more quickly on (verified) vacant properties, intended as an anti-blight measure.

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2 Responses to “New Maryland Laws Affecting Property Tax Credits, Foreclosures, Ground Rent (and possibly you)”
  1. Indiana has had a Mandated Pre-forclosure/mediation program(LR-49-TR85-231) for years, but the program is not used and most people are not aware of it’s existance. Of course the fraudclosers are not going to inform you of this mandatory requirement. Just another law abused by the banksters and cronies.

  2. Ken Hansen says:

    Maryland is corrupt – this doesn’t help homeowners. It threatens them. Some Senators and Representatives in this State are owned by Banks. The very people who are being affected had zero say in any of this legislation, and that friends, is not Democracy. I used to think Florida was bad,

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