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Baltimore City Increases Recordation & Transfer Taxes for Some Real Estate Transactions

In a bid to provide a reliable source of funding for an affordable housing trust, Baltimore City Council has adopted a new excise tax on real estate transactions of more than $1 million, increasing the combined transfer and recordation taxes in Baltimore from 3% to 3.75%, taking effect on January 11, 2019.

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Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Tenants Pose Substantial Risks for Landlords

Although medical marijuana growing, processing, possession and distribution are now legal under Maryland law, landlords need to fully understand the risks inherent in leasing to Maryland medical marijuana businesses and take steps in their leasing documents to adequately anticipate and address these risks considering federal laws regarding these transactions. 

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Baltimore Barrister Publishes "The Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct Meet Medical Marijuana"

Bar Association of Baltimore City's quarterly publication The Baltimore Barrister publishes in the May 2016 edition, "The Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct Meet Medical Marijuana," by Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP's Real Estate Partner Matthew L. Kimball, Esq.

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The Onus of Owning: Recent Reduction in ‘Minor Privilege’ Fees in Baltimore City
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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of business-friendly revisions to waive annual fees for certain items, convert annual fees to one-time fees, and remove outdated charges. 

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Past Articles

Maryland Takes on the SEC in Debate Over Fiduciary Standard of Care

The Maryland legislature may soon be considering legislation that would require Maryland-licensed…

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Baltimore City Increases Recordation & Transfer Taxes for Some Real Estate Transactions

In a bid to provide a reliable source of funding for an affordable housing trust, Baltimore City Council…

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Preparing, Adapting and Responding to Cyber Incidents: Marriott International Case Study

Cybersecurity is an issue that every company, of every size, must address as part of standard risk…

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Changes in 2018 Maryland Condominium and HOA Laws

Several changes in Maryland condominium and HOA laws will affect the operation of condo and homeowners…

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New Standards Under Maryland’s Public Adjuster Act

Maryland has implemented new standards for public adjusters that will be applied and enforced by…

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