Dear Friend of Liberty,
Councilman David Marks has no compassion.
He would rather abuse his authority and punish innocent people than give up his endless mission to destroy property rights in Baltimore County.
Councilman Marks recently attempted to violate the civil liberties of innocent landlords by punishing them for the crimes of their tenants. (More background on this HERE)
He thinks it’s appropriate to punish one person for the crimes of another.
With this belief, there is no telling how far the councilman will try to intrude on our civil liberties if he thinks he’ll get away with it.
Property ownership is not a crime. Why can’t David Marks understand?
Fortunately, his attempt to turn justice upside down backfired.
Campaign for Liberty successfully exposed his proposed legislation and it was withdrawn!
But now, David Marks has reintroduced a watered down version of the same bill.
His initial bill targeted all property owners throughout the county. The latest Bill 90-15, styled as a “pilot program,” will initially target owners of property located within several blocks around Towson High School.
Councilman Marks probably hopes property owners and Campaign for Liberty will let their guard down since only a select few will have their rights violated.
Nonetheless, we recognize that the principle of this “pilot program” for property rights destruction remains the same.
Councilman David Marks is still pursuing his goal. That is, to legitimize the extortion of property owners based on no fault of their own.
To make it crystal clear, he wants to steal innocent property owners’ money. Period.
Just look at what his bill could do to property owners if a tenant in the property causes a disturbance:
B. A CIVIL PENALTY OF $1,000 AND POTENTIAL SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF THE RENTAL LICENSE FOR THE PROPERTY OWNER OF THE RESIDENCE OR OTHER PRIVATE PROPERTY.
(2) IF THE PROPERTY OWNER FAILS TO PAY THE CIVIL PENALTIES IMPOSED ACCORDING TO THIS SUBSECTION, THE AMOUNTS DUE SHALL BE ADDED TO THE CURRENT TAXES DUE ON THE PROPERTY AND CONSTITUTE A LIEN ON THE PROPERTY.
So, if a tenant causes a nuisance on a single property, the property owner could be forced to pay money and lose the right to rent ANY OTHER property he or she owns in the county, even properties with well-behaved tenants!
Without rental income, a property owner might not be able to pay the fines. Unpaid fines would become liens, which could force the owner to either sell the property or else have it confiscated completely through the county tax sale!
What kind of message does this send to people looking to build up a retirement portfolio of rental properties in Baltimore County?
Why should one misbehaving tenant authorize government to jeopardize the financial security of a property owner’s family?
Demand that Councilman David Marks withdraw Bill 90-15 so this injustice never happens!
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SUBJECT: Stop the unfair extortion – don’t support Bill 90-15
Dear (councilperson/Kevin Kamenetz),
Bill 90-15 is a blatant abuse of government authority that calls for punishing innocent property owners whose tenants violate nuisance laws. It’s wrong to punish someone just because they happen to own the building where someone else decides to disturb the peace. Property ownership is not a crime. Have some compassion and don’t endorse punishing one person for others’ crimes.
P.S. Is it fair to punish one person for others’ crimes? Councilman David Marks has proposed punishing landlords for the crimes of their tenants. The bill, Bill 90-15, crosses the line and violates civil liberties and property rights. Make sure county council gets the message that property ownership is not a crime. Please contact your councilperson and demand they vote against Bill 90-15.
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