General Homeownership Articles

Follow these 10 tips as you hire a building contractor.
The purpose of this article is to provide some basic information about legal matters before you sign any contracts or pay out any money.
This article describes the rights of a homeowner who lives in a homeowners association (HOA) or condominium (condo) in Maryland, when the HOA or condo says that the homeowner is violating rules.
This article describes how the Judiciary's progressive reopening plan during the COVID-19 health emergency affects foreclosure cases.
A deed is a written and signed legal document that transfers property ownership. This article covers some frequently asked questions about deeds.
Improving your home is a key part of home ownership. When using a contractor understanding the contract is key.
Improving your home is a key part of home ownership. This article describes how to resolve disputes with your home improvement contractor.
Sometimes as people age, their physical abilities fail and may make it difficult, or even impossible, to stay in their homes without some changes or modifications to the home.
For many Marylanders, their home is the single largest and most important asset in their family. Protect it with proper estate planning.
Learn about different types of homeowners insurance, how to use it, and what to do if you have a dispute with your insurer.
Real property, which is also often referred to as real estate, is the land and the things that are permanently attached to it, like a house. Real property can have a sole owner. Real property can also have multiple owners. The owner may be a person, but the owners can also be a company, a trust, or other entity.
Brief overview and available resources for homeowners facing tax sale
Maryland and federal laws about lead paint are designed to reduce childhood lead poisoning. This article describes the duties of landlords and property owners of residential housing built before 1978.
Maryland and federal laws about lead paint are designed to reduce childhood lead poisoning. This article describes the rights of tenants and prospective buyers of residential housing built before 1978.
A life estate is a type of property ownership where two or more people have ownership rights. The life tenant is the person with the right to possess and use the property for the duration of their life. This means that the life tenant has lifetime use of the property.
Predatory Lending and Flipping are two problems that can affect low income homebuyers, especially in Baltimore City.
This article answers a number of frequently asked questions about neighbor disputes.
May I keep chickens on my property? What are the rules in my city or county?
What are reverse mortgages and what are the common pitfalls.
When you decide to sell your home it is important to be sure that you have all of the information you need to make wise decisions. This article provides answers to some basic questions which come up when you decide to sell your home.
You can solve many of the problems with your neighbors by following a step-by-step plan. Some of the most common are noise, property boundaries, fences, trees or blighted property.
This article describes a general process for giving away property rights to someone else for no money. For example, you may wish to make a gift of property, or you may wish to add a family member to your deed. You should be aware that simply adding someone to a property deed can have very different results depending on the exact words used in the new deed. If you are buying or selling property, it is important to get professional help.
When a storm hits, damage from flooding, downed trees, and high winds are trouble for homeowners.
The history of ground rent and how it affects Maryland homeowners.
Housing Choice Vouchers (section 8 vouchers) cover part of a tenant's rent. Vouchers may also be used to buy a house.