E-Alerts & Press Releases

Renters Have Rights! Campaign Launched

March 14, 2011 -- In a press conference on March 14, the Public Justice Center and the Baltimore Homeownership Preservation Coalition launched an outreach campaign to spread the word that renters have the right to stay in their home after their landlord is foreclosed.

Staff from the PJC and BHPC, along with Congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Sarbanes, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and Baltimore City Council President Jack Young, highlighted the challenges renters face and described how to get help. Renters make up approximately 40% of people evicted because of foreclosure. Following a foreclosure, renters often receive misleading notices stating that they have to leave quickly, when the law actually allows most renters to remain in their homes for ninety days or until the end of their lease. “Many times renters won’t know what’s going on,” PJC attorney Matt Hill said. “If they call us, we can help them figure it out.”

Through bus ads, brochures, and public service announcements on television and radio, the campaign encourages renters to call the Public Justice Center at (410) 625-9409 for free legal assistance.

Radio Public Service Announcement featuring Baltimore City Council President Jack Young

Brochure: Landlord Foreclosed? Renters Have Rights!

Media Coverage

WBAL: “Laws Help Renters Stay in Home Despite Foreclosures” http://www.wbaltv.com/money/27192278/detail.html (with video)

WJZ: “Exploring Renters’ Rights with Free Help” http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2011/03/14/exploring-renters-rights/ (with video)

 

Baltimore Sun: “What Renters Need to Know about Foreclosure” Download

Daily Record: “Campaign Advertises Renters’ Rights” Download

Baltimore Business Journal: “Renters’ Rights under Foreclosure Highlighted in Campaign” Download



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