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Auctions rise as city cracks down on code violations
Auctions rise as city cracks down on code violations

Hundreds more problem properties in Baltimore are finding new buyers as the city steps up the use of decades-old law designed to root out negligent owners. The law, which community groups pioneered in the early 1990s, allows property owners to be sued for code violations and lose their buildings if they fail to make repairs. But until recently, transferring homes to new owners through a court-appointed receiver happened in just a few dozen cases each year. Now as part of its Vacants to Value initiative, the city is putting more focus on the law, swelling the auction lists. "The numbers are really extraordinary," said Michael Braverman, Baltimore Housing deputy commissioner...

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