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The Onus of Owning: Recent Reduction in ‘Minor Privilege’ Fees in Baltimore City

One of the onuses (and irritants) of owning a building in Baltimore is the City’s imposition of fees for so-called “minor privileges” for items like awnings, cornices and signs. Recently, the City took steps to reform the minor privileges system, which culminated in the adoption of business-friendly revisions to waive annual fees for certain items, convert annual fees to one-time fees, and remove outdated charges. 

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Condominiums May Not Opt Out Of Maryland's Mandatory Insurance Provisions

Under Section 11-114 of the Maryland Condominium Act, Condominium Associations must maintain property insurance on the entire condominium including units, excepting improvements and betterments installed by the Unit Owner. Condominiums may not opt out of Maryland's Mandatory Insurance Coverage provisions, and any changes in statue requirements must be amended by the Legislature, arguments published in a recent court opinion following a declaratory judgment action in Elasik, et al. v. Queen's Landing Council of Unit Owners, Inc.

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Utility to Small Business of New Top Level Domain Names Questioned

In 2011, ICANN decided to permit the creation of completely new generic top level domain names (gTLDs), allowing businesses to obtain domain names that more precisely identified their brand and geographic locations. ICANN has completed its review of proposed gTLDS which it started in 2012 to ensure that they did not violate existing trademarks or threaten the security or stability of the internet. Additional gTLDs will be released as ICANN completes its review, however, it remains to be seen whether the promise of domain names using new gTLDs will be realized for small businesses.

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Baltimore City Council Adopts IgCC

Lost in the noise from the Baltimore City Council’s recent adoption of legislation requiring policy body cameras and banning plastic bags, was news of the Council’s adoption of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).  Although its adoption slipped by quietly, this new building code will have significant consequences for the design of new buildings in the City in 2015, and has the potential to impact existing buildings as well.

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Past Articles

Estate Tax Changes Under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Effective January 1, 2018, the federal estate tax underwent a massive overhaul with the Tax Cuts…

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SEC’s 2018 Examination Priorities List Compliance Issues to Avoid for Financial Advisory Firms

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examination (“OCIE”) published its…

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Maryland Healthy Working Families Act: Employer Best Practices to Avoid Traps for the Unwary

The Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Hogan’s veto of the sick and safe…

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Increasing Risk of Data Breaches Prompt New Legal Requirements for Maryland Businesses

Although recent data breaches involving large corporations such as Equifax, eBay, Target and Yahoo…

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GOP Tax Bill Proposes Estate Tax Repeal…Hooray?

On November 2, the GOP released its tax reform bill, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H. R. 1),…

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