Under the direction of Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young, the City of Baltimore has developed a manual work around that will allow real estate transactions to proceed during the City's technology outage.
The plan will take effect Monday, May 20. To accommodate citizens, the Abel Wolman Municipal Building will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for the week.
The workaround that was developed by the City includes the following steps:
• Baltimore City will accept requests for lien certificates in person at the Abel Wolman Municipal Building at 200 N. Holliday Street, in Room 1. All transactions must be made in-person.
• Any seller or transferor of a property will be required to sign a form Affidavit for Payment of Outstanding Charges. The Affidavit will re-affirm the transferor’s obligation to pay any outstanding charges that would otherwise appear on a lien certificate together with a promise to pay such charges within ten days of receipt of an invoice from the City.
• While the mainframe is inaccessible, the city will issue lien certificates showing zero liens and including a reference to the form Affidavit. This will remove any responsibility for paying any property debts or settling the liens from the new owner of the property. That responsibility will rest solely on the transferor.
• At the time of recording, the responsible parties should pay all the open liens of which they are aware by check or money order.
• The lien certificate, with the Affidavit attached, should be hand-delivered to Room 1B of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building at 200 N. Holliday Street.
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