Monday, June 8, 2015

New Nuisance Property Law Proposed

15-0540 Social Host Regulation – Neighborhood Nuisances and Unruly Social Events

City Council Bill 15-0540 Social Host Regulation streamlines enforcement of “neighborhood nuisances” which emanate from loud and unruly house parties occurring on private premises which disturb the peace of the surrounding community. Instead of required police reports and Housing investigations, citations are issued on the scene to persons responsible for hosting the disruptive event. Parents/guardians of hosts under 18 years old and property owners of the party premises are also liable. Citations are $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for subsequent events within 12 months.

Supported by the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems, this legislation seeks to discourage underage drinking, protect neighborhoods from unruly parties, and use police resources effectively by streamlining current nuisance enforcement procedures.

Baltimore residents are invited to hear and testify about the bill at a hearing of the Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee of the Baltimore City Council
Tuesday, June 9, 9:30am
City Council Chambers, 4th floor
City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street
(Picture ID required for admission to City Hall.)

--This announcement was copied from an e-mail from the office of Mary Pat Clarke