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Maryland Enacts New Quiet Title Legislation

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Earlier this year, the Maryland legislature passed House Bill 920/Senate Bill 509 in order to establish rules of practice and procedure for quiet title actions. After recognizing a lack of direction under Maryland common law, the Maryland Land Title Association (MLTA) proposed and lobbied for the legislation, with the support of other related organizations. The MLTA recognized that the undefined process, or lack thereof, caused major problems in how quiet title actions were being litigated and issues with the resulting judgments. The new rules, codified in Title 14, Subtitle 6 of the Maryland Real Property Code, took effect on October 1, 2016, and establish a uniform process for quiet title actions and result in stronger, reliable judgments.

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AB 2819: How an Amended Unlawful Detainer Law in California May Negatively Impact Your Business

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Despite strong landlord and association opposition, on September 13, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed California Assembly Bill (AB) 2819. This bill, amending California Code of Civil Procedure §1161.2, and adding new California Code of Civil Procedure §1167.1, will dramatically interfere with a Landlord’s ability to speedily and effectively conclude an unlawful detainer proceeding and additionally impact a landlord’s ability to obtain an applicant’s prior unlawful detainer (UD) history.

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