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What You Need to Know About Zoning Appeals in MD

Real estate development and construction activity is vital to the economy of Maryland, and well-organized development in conformance to the local laws benefits the residents at an individual as well as a community level. Every land parcel in Maryland is governed by zoning regulations, which help determine what the property can be used for as […]

Zoning Appeals & Zoning Use Changes

As a homeowner, when you want to remodel your home or even a build an addition, you must obtain permission from the local government. That is understandable in that the government assesses boundaries, environment impacts, and building regulations.   The same requirements also apply to new land use. Without clearing the way through zoning ordinances and […]

How Do I File a Mechanic’s Lien in MD?

You completed a project by furnishing labor or materials to a construction site.  In the past you’ve been paid on time, but not this time. If you are a contractor or a supplier, an architect, surveyor, an engineer, or certified interior designer, and have not been paid, you can file a mechanic’s lien to secure […]

The Importance of Proper Licensing for Contractors

If you have a home improvement project in your future, it is very important that you make sure the person you hire is licensed by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.  The Commission regulates contractors and the sales force involved with the home improvement industry, including remodels and repairs. It may be tempting to hire an […]

Four Common Misconceptions about Surety Bonds

In the construction industry, there are a lot of moving parts. There is the contractor, subcontractors, suppliers, and other third parties that work together to complete the project. In this industry, it is not uncommon for projects to be left half completed, companies to go out of business, suppliers and subcontractors to not get paid, […]

What Should I Do if I Suspect my Contractor is Using Defective Materials?

Construction disputes can be complex and highly contentious, often involving multiple issues that parties have vehement disagreements about. Most of these have to do with perceived failures to meet contractual obligations, failures to meet performance standards, and similar matters. One issue that may come up during a construction project is the quality of the materials […]

Zoning and Agricultural Projects

Over the past century or so, farming has changed in some very significant ways. In Maryland and across the country, rural farmland has dwindled as the suburbs have expanded. At the same time, technological advances have allowed farmers to produce much more food out of the limited amount of land that still remains. In recent […]

How do Short Rentals Impact Condo Owners Associations?

Short-term renting is not an entirely new concept for homeowners and owners of townhomes and condominiums. In the past, owners have rented their dwellings on a short-term basis for special events in their city (such as the Super Bowl or the Final Four), or during certain times of the year (such as hunting season). Owners […]