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The Top 5 Legal Mistakes Maryland Landlords Make

While it is nice to earn income by renting property, it won’t be worth it if you make legal mistakes and end up being sued in a landlord-tenant dispute. If you are considering becoming a landlord in Maryland, it makes sense to consult a skilled landlord/tenant lawyer to review your documents and practices to make sure they are all legal and your interests are protected. At Lusk Law, LLC, we can help prevent landlord legal claims from happening and keep you from making costly mistakes. The Top 5 Legal Mistakes Maryland Landlords Make The Maryland Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Division, offers tips for avoiding landlord/tenant disputes.  By reviewing these, you can prevent costly legal battles.  Here are some of the most common legal mistakes landlords make: 1. Asking Discriminating Questions of Potential Renters Under the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 as amended,…

Rentals and Covid-19

During the past few months there has been an increase in the number of people who have been affected by COVID-19, either directly or indirectly. In response to the devastation that COVID-19 has caused, some Maryland counties have taken steps to provide relief to their citizens due to the difficult times that COVID-19 has placed on their lives.  In addition, the State of Maryland has issued Moratoriums to restrict the eviction process and a Court Order that outlines when cases will be heard, including landlord-tenant cases. This is a summary of some of the new laws, legislation, Orders, and Moratoriums that have either passed or are pending on the County level and State level. This by no means a complete analysis of the laws provided in each county or all laws that have been passed throughout the state of Maryland. If you need to know if the new orders and…

Lusk Law Client Spotlight: EquiLearn Institute

At Lusk Law, we work hard to meet our clients’ needs, earn their trust, and build lasting relationships with them. As a small business ourselves, we have a deep understanding of the hard work, determination, and passion that’s required to build a successful company from the ground up. Our Client Spotlight series is designed to recognize outstanding businesses serving our community. This month, we’d like to celebrate the EquiLearn Institute LLC, a company dedicated to delivering quality education in equine and canine health care. The EquiLearn Institute is owned and operated by Courtney Molino, RVT, CERP, EEBW, CCRA, ESMT, CCMT, FEI Permitted Equine Therapist. She also owns Hands on Horses LLC, which focuses on equine and canine rehabilitation and bodywork. Courtney lives in Elkridge with her husband and 7-year-old son, along with their golden retriever and bunny. She also has a TB/Clyde mare, which she keeps boarded in Sykesville. How…

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

Please find this memo to be a summary of information that covers the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that is part of the CARES ACT. This memo is by no means a complete analysis of the program, and should not be taken as direct legal advice. Please contact Lusk Law, LLC for any specific legal questions questions regarding Paycheck Protection Program. This program provides a unique opportunity for self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors who may not receive a paycheck, as the program permits you to include net earnings from self-employment as calculation towards payroll. This program will offer self-employed individuals protection during these challenging times. WHO MAY BORROW: Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees (including nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors) are eligible. Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries. If you are unsure of your business…

FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT MEMO

Please find this memo to be a compressive list of information that covers the new Families First Coronavirus Act. This memo is by no means a complete analysis of the law, and should not be taken as direct legal advice. Please contact Lusk Law, LLC for any specific legal questions regarding Families First Coronavirus Response Act.   When:             Passed on March 18, 2020 but takes effect on April 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020 Who:               Employers with less than 500 employees What:              After April 1, 2020   Paid sick leave: up to two weeks or 10 days (80-hour cap) for full-time employees: The employee is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19. (must be paid at the employee’s required compensation) The employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19. (must be paid…

Lusk Law Client Spotlight: CK Electric

At Lusk Law LLC — Advocates for Life’s Obstacles and Opportunities — we work hard to meet our clients’ needs, earn their trust, and build lasting relationships with them. As a small business ourselves, we have a deep understanding of the hard work, determination, and passion that’s required to build a successful company from the ground up. Our Client Spotlight series is designed to recognize outstanding businesses serving our community. This month, we’d like to celebrate CK Electric, a veteran-owned and operated company based in Sykesville with a mission of providing high-quality electrical work at an affordable price. CK Electric is owned by Carl Kirkpatrick and his wife, Nancy, who moved to the area from Montgomery County, attracted by the more rural lifestyle. Originally from Haynesville, Louisiana, Carl is a disabled veteran of the United States Marine Corps who spent eight years honorably serving his country with tours in Japan,…

Tips for Creating a Business Succession Plan

You’ve put countless hours of hard work into building your successful business, but have you put any time into considering who will run your business once you retire? If you’re like the majority of small business owners, you probably don’t have a succession plan in place, which can be detrimental in the future to the business you’ve worked so hard to build. By following some tips for creating a business succession plan, you can help ensure your company stays prosperous after you are no longer running it. Seven Tips for Creating a Business Succession Plan Many people put off creating business succession plans because retirement seems so far away and running the business consumes all of their time. However, while retirement might be years or even decades away, depending on your age and circumstances, you can’t be sure what the future holds. Should you become seriously ill or suffer a…

Can You Sue For Failure to Disclose Property Defects?

Maryland law requires sellers to disclose certain known defects to buyers. If these defects aren’t disclosed, buyers can file a claim to receive compensation for the costs they face from undisclosed defects. However, to truly understand this issue, you must first understand the two different paths a seller can take: disclosure and disclaimer. Failure to disclose defects isn’t just a bad practice, it is also against Maryland law. The property’s owner should be forthcoming about defects that they are aware of. The agent or party selling the property should communicate those defects to buyers. If a buyer discovers defects after a purchase, they might be forced to spend money on repairs. Buyers then have the right to hold the party who failed to disclose property defects accountable for those costs. Obviously, if a seller doesn’t know about a defect, they can’t disclose it. In the case that a seller isn’t…

What Business Contracts Should (and Shouldn’t) Accomplish

No one starts a business because they love paperwork. For most business owners, worrying about things like contracts is simply part of doing business, and it can seem tedious or even boring. For most of us, the contracts we have with employees, clients, contractors and landlords are something we hope to just set and forget. We notice these contracts only if they end up causing us problems. However, a well-drafted contract can save you an unimaginable amount of work and stress, just like a poorly drafted contract can spell doom for a business. Not every contract you sign will be drafted by you or your attorney. Over the course of running a business, many entrepreneurs will be asked to sign things that are given to them by other businesses - and, by the way, you should be asking your attorney to review any contract given to you by someone else…

What is the MD Consumer Protection Act – And How Does it Affect You?

If you live in Maryland and have been the victim of an unscrupulous landlord, service provider, or seller of consumer goods, you have a powerful tool to help you fight back and win restitution: The Maryland Consumer Protection Act (CPA). Created in 1973 to protect citizens against unfair and deceptive business practices and “restore an undermined public confidence in merchants,” the legislation is designed to “set minimum statewide standards for the protection of consumers” with the recognition that existing laws were “inadequate, poorly coordinated and not widely known or adequately enforced.” More specifically, the CPA strives to offer “strong protective and preventive steps to investigate unlawful consumer practices, to assist the public in obtaining relief from these practices, and to prevent these practices from occurring in Maryland.” Realizing you’ve been duped or scammed is frustrating, embarrassing, and can cost you money that you can’t afford to lose. Call the skilled…