What do we do?
A Vacant Building Receiver is an agent appointed by the 5th District Court of Maryland to abate the nuisance created by a vacant property. By law, the receiver can abate the nuisance in three ways:
Sell the property
As an agent of the court, we are directed by the court to sell the property only to parties who will abate the nuisance.
Raze the property
Taking down the structure and creating a well-maintained green space is another way of abating the nuisance caused by a vacant property.
Rehabilitate the property
Bring the property up to code and get a Use & Occupancy permit.
To date, OHAAT has not razed or rehabbed any properties ourselves, we have sold them to qualified buyers who have done this work.
Occasionally, we also act as agents for properties that are otherwise determined by the District Court to be a nuisance, but these properties do not fall under the Receivership law.