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Salisbury's 4-To-2 Rental Law Challenged in Court


The 4-to-2 law that restricts the number of tenants in a home in Salisbury is being challenged by a landlord who is seeking $750-thousand in damages.

The defendants include the city and former Mayor Jim Ireton.

The former mayor who is currently running for congress in Maryland’s First District pushed to clean up poorly kept rentals.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Adams Housing LLC says that it was in compliance with the law because two of the three tenants were related.

In the dispute the Salisbury Housing Board upheld the decision against Adams but allowed the tenants until their lease ran out.    

The paper reports that late last year a U.S. District Court found the city’s interpretation “unconstitutionally vague” when applied to the Adams property.

The city has appealed the case. 

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.