To accommodate citizens, the office that handles property transactions in the Abel Wolman Municipal Building at 200 N. Holliday Street, in Room 1, has been operating from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and will continue through today. Next week, the office will return to normal hours of operation. Under the workaround process, the City issues a manual lien certificate reporting no outstanding municipal liens due to the inability to access computer data while accepting from the seller an affidavit and a promise to pay any and all liens that are later identified when the computer systems are restored.
This process protects a bona fide purchaser, the lender and their title insurer. In accordance with Article 28, Section 2-3(b) of the Baltimore City Code, upon the issuance of a lien certificate reporting no present liens, the City may not assert any claim thereafter for and on account of any charge or assessment against the subject property. At the same time, the City preserves its right to collect such charges from the seller as soon as those charges can be determined.