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Baltimore looks to crackdown on vacant houses

Kaleah Mcilwain
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Baltimore is trying to crackdown on its 15,000 vacant houses and the dangers associated with them.

City Council President Nick Mosby introduced three bills on Monday, including one that would impose fees on the owner of vacant properties that are the subject of repeated 311 or 911 calls.

He is also calling for owners to re-register their property every six months.

Council member Odette Ramos proposed two additional bills, including one that would make it easier for the city to take over a vacant property and a second that would up the fine for not rehabbing vacant houses.

In the last couple months, there have been multiple fires at vacant properties, including this past weekend in the 5700 block of Presstman Street.

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