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Court strikes down heart of ground rent law: Now what?
The Maryland Court of Appeals has found that a requirement that Maryland ground rent holders register their leases with the state or lose them is an illegal taking of property without just compensation. It’s too bad the courts never showed the same deference to the rights of those who lost their property under the old, wildly disproportionate legal remedy of “ejectment” that allowed ground rent holders to seize homes over small unpaid debts. It took action by the General Assembly in 2007, prompted by a series of Sun articles documenting abuses of the ground rent system, to remedy that injustice. Now the legislature will have to step in again to clean up the mess left by the court’s decision this week.
October 26, 2011