BNI Housing Law


HUD / BNI Fair Housing

BNI - Housing Law


HUD / BNI Fair Housing



" I got sent to a lot of places for help before finding you guys, and this is the first time I feel like I’ve been told what’s right. Maybe now I can legally get rid of my ‘houseguest’ who just won’t leave."

Shana (PG County, MARYLAND)

" The apartment complex managers wouldn’t put a “handicapped parking only” on the space closest to my door, even though I’m disabled and have trouble walking more than a few feet (and I even have a state parking permit). Without your help, I would have had to move to out. "


Patricia (Baltimore County, MARYLAND)



BNI - Fair Housing


Dear Friends,
In 2013, we at BNI continued our work for Justice in Housing by addressing dozens of fair housing inquiries from those concerned about discrimination, responding to thousands of calls from tenants and landlords around the State seeking to better understand their rights and responsibilities, distributing hundreds of state and local guides providing information on tenant-landlord law in Maryland and local municipalities, educating the public, housing providers, government officials and other stakeholders at over 100 events around the State so that Marylanders may avoid evictions and foreclosures, stay in their homes, or find a safe, habitable home of their choosing.

Our work is performed day-to-day by a dedicated knowledgeable and passionate staff who cannot be thanked enough for the work they do providing essential information to Maryland citizens and the honest housing providers and services whose commitment to providing shelter and homes builds communities and strengthens neighborhoods. 

2014 will be an exciting year for us as we celebrate BNI’s 55th anniversary and the 100th birthday anniversary of James Rouse, who along with Sydney Hollander, Jr. and Ellsworth Rosen pioneered BNI’s incorporation on March 20, 1959.

BNI is also grateful to our grantors, sponsors and contributors, without whose financial support we would not be able to exist as Maryland’s only statewide nonprofit organization focused on fair housing and tenant-landlord issues.

Our ability to continue this unique and essential work for housing justice in 2014, as well as in 2059 and beyond, ultimately depends on you! We know you have many options in giving to charity and we appreciate your considering BNI this year. While your tax deductible gifts in any amount are appreciated, perhaps you will consider a gift in recognition of our 2014 milestones in the amount of $55 or $100 or even $550.  To make your gift, visit our products/donations page.

I hope you appreciate the artwork that accompanies this message and will consider purchasing notecards and/or postcards displaying this beautiful work by Bernard Kleina. Please  view/download the linked order form for more information.

Best Wishes,



BNIUpcoming Events

Maryland Fair Housing and Tenant-Landlord Law Training Presented by Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.

HARFORD COUNTY:  On August 15, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (postponed from June 27, 2014),, BNI will present its Maryland Tenant-Landlord Law Training at the Harford County Library, Joppa Branch, 655 Towne Center Drive, Joppa, MD 21085. This training is intended for landlords, property managers, government and non-profit housing professionals.


The purpose of the training is to present information on the rights and responsibilities of housing providers and tenants as required under residential tenant-landlord and fair housing laws. In addition, the training will address the fair housing act with regards to reasonable accommodations and modifications for tenants with disabilities.


The fee to non-BNI members is $30 per person; $27.50 each for two individuals from the same company; or $25 each for three or more individuals from the same company. Click below to register and pay the fee. Registration will close on August 13, 2014. Space is limited to the first 50 paid registrants.


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If you are a new or current BNI member and would like the registration fee waived, please send an email to Barbara Wilson at or call her at 410.243.4468.  To view or download the event flyer, click here.


BALTIMORE CITY: Fair Housing Matters Seminar (Free)
On August 25, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., BNI will present a Fair Housing Matters Seminar at the Hamilton Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 5910 Harford Road, Baltimore.  This event is free and open to the public but space is limited; pre-register by emailing Emily at  To view additional event details, click here to view or download the event flyer.


BALTIMORE CITY-ROLAND PARK: Excluded from Paradise (Free)
On September 11, 2014 from 7-9 p.m., BNI is pleased to sponsor the second installment of The Roland Park Conversation Series at which Ann G. Giroux will present “Excluded from Paradise: Discriminatory Housing Policies in The Roland Park Company’s Suburban Developments.”  This event is free and open to the public but space is limited and an advanced registration is required.  To learn additional event details, click here to view or download event flyer.  Please pre-register with Ann via email to


COLUMBIA, MD: Maryland State Bar Association (For Attorneys)

Advanced Real Property Institute October 1, 2014
1:00 – 1:50 pm

Breakout Session #1: Fair Housing for Non-Experts: Compliance and Consequences
Grand Ballroom
Glendora Hughes, Esq. (General Counsel, Maryland Commission on Civil Rights)
Robert Strupp, Esq. (Executive Director, Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.)

Moderator: Daniel Pontious (Housing Policy Coordinator, Baltimore Metropolitan Council)


Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel
Columbia, MD
5.5 CLE Credits

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