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Baltimore City Refuses to Pay for Demolished Homes

Jan 9, 2023

Six months ago, a large sinkhole opened up in front of several houses in East Baltimore. The sinkhole quickly grew larger, undermining the foundations of several homes and forcing the closure of a lane of an important road.

The sinkhole was caused by the collapse of a large storm drain. Eventually the city had to demolish several houses in order to repair the drain.

Now, six months later, home insurance companies have refused to compensate the owners of the demolished homes and the city is refusing to compensate them too.

The city says it isn’t required to compensate the owners because they never notified the city that the storm drain was failing and needed to be repaired!

How were the homeowners expected to know that this drain was failing before the sinkhole occurred? Wasn’t it the city’s responsibility to monitor the condition of its own storm drain?

The issue is now going to be resolved in court since two of the owners have sued the city for their losses.