State bill HB 832/SB 520 is a key reform to Baltimore City's eviction process. It is also a bill unanimously supported by Baltimore City's State Delegates and Senators. It successfully passed the House of Delegates this week.
This bill would end short notice of eviction trials, ensuring that renters have a minimum seven days between receiving a summons and going to court. This simple measure will improve access to a fair hearing for:
- Low-wage workers juggling shifts at multiple jobs
- Parents with few options for childcare or school transportation
- People with disabilities or health constraints that make mobility challenging
- Any renter who needs to seek legal advice or representation ahead of trial
Now the City waits for the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee to do the right thing. But on Thursday, Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) chose to hold the bill.
Today, take two actions to stop this:
- CALL JPR Chairman Sen. Zirkin (410-841-3131) to listen to Baltimore City renters and elected representatives: He must lead SB 520 to a committee vote and onto the Senate floor!
- Ask Senate President Mike Miller (410-841-3700) to ensure "local courtesy" for this unanimously supported local bill. Our representatives voted to support this bill - someone from outside the city should not be holding it up.
SB 520 is a fiscally neutral, common-sense bill to reform Rent Court in Baltimore City.
The bill is opposed only by:
- Real estate industry lobbyists who favor speedier eviction over basic fairness
- The Maryland Judiciary, which prefers the bill to have state-wide effect rather than local only
Contact Senator Bobby Zirkin, Chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee
Contact Senate President Mike Miller
*Shared from our allies at the Public Justice Center!