October 2018 The Legislative Minute

New Maryland Real Estate Laws Now in Effect

October 1 was the effective date for many of Maryland’s new state laws, including REALTOR®-sponsored bills on Broker Disability (HB 1482) and Real Estate Guarantee Fund Transfers (HB 1656).

The following bills are also now in effect:

  • HB 1160 – Property Tax Assessment Appeal Reductions
  • HB 64 – Payments by Appraisal Management Companies
  • HB 1073 – Tenant Water and Sewer Bill Notification
  • HB 305 – Homestead Tax Credit Eligibility Notices
  • HB 279 – Homebuyer Education for DHCD Programs
  • HB 1481 – New Home Energy Efficiency Options Notice
  • HB 1257 – Lease with Option to Purchase Agreements
  • SB 266 – Wrongful Detainer Jury Trial Requirements
  • HB 1329 – Service of Process for Commercial Properties
  • SB 621 – Covenant Restrictions on Race or Religion
  • SB 755 – Escrow Accounts for Water and Sewer
  • HB 1511 – Mortgage Broker Finders Fees
  • HB 923 – Water and Sewer Assistance Programs
  • HB 1112/HB 1465 – Tax Sales of Vacant Properties

Elections Update: Key Deadlines on the Horizon

Did you recently move or will you be out of town on Election Day? Make sure your vote counts this November 6 with the following:

Voter Registration Deadline: October 16. If using Maryland’s Online Voter Registration System (OLVR), you have until 9:00 p.m. to submit your application. Registrations can also be submitted to the Carroll County Board of Elections.

Early Voting: October 25 – November 1. Early voting will be held at the Westminster Senior Activities Center and South Carroll Swim Club from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

Absentee Ballots: October 30. To request an absentee ballot for mail delivery, requests must be made by October 30. For electronic delivery the deadline is extended to November 2.

Election Day: November 6. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling place, click here.

CCR Testifies at Freedom Hearing

On October 3, the Carroll County Commissioners held a public hearing on the revised Freedom Area Plan at the South Carroll Senior Center. Donna Moffett, CCR Past President and Government Affairs Committee Member, presented remarks from the Association. In them, she highlighted the County’s present and future needs for additional senior housing and properties which are affordable to young families and professionals.

In addition, CCR pushed back against the notion that growth must automatically mean urbanization of the County. Instead, we encouraged the Commissioners to embrace thoughtful, measured growth which retains the County’s character while also addressing future housing needs.

The Commissioners are set to vote on the revised Freedom Plan before the end of October—and possibly as early as this week.

You can watch CCR’s testimony from the Freedom Public Hearing here, beginning at 41:40. Great job Donna!

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