City, Neighbors Searching for Landlord of Abandoned Properties in Baltimore
Updated: Friday, July 11 2014, 10:08 AM EDT
What started as helping a West Baltimore woman deal with a neighboring rotting home has turned into a search for a man who owns dozens of abandoned homes around Maryland.
On Wednesday, Fox45 interviewed Karen Brown who owns a home on Harlem Avenue. Brown says the overgrowth and massive trees from the abandoned home next door are constantly damaging her property. That home is owned by a man named Nathan Carter, who Brown says hasn't been seen at the property in almost seven years.
After further investigation into Nathan Carter, Fox45 discovered that he owns more than a million dollars worth of property in Baltimore alone, most of which are abandon and falling apart. Records show that Carter is also caught up in almost 60 court cases around the state involving the conditions of his properties.
But despite dozens of homes and court cases, Carter is nowhere to be found. The Baltimore City Housing Authority had a list of about 10 possible addresses and we visited all of them, but Carter was at none.
The search to find Carter only highlights the problem of 16,000 vacant homes in Baltimore City, 75 percent of which are privately owned.
In the meantime, the search for Carter continues as the city says they are battling him in court.