Seven shell companies managed by Houston-based absentee landlord Scott Wizig, who was ordered to repair 49 dilapidated properties he owns in Baltimore, filed for bankruptcy Tuesday in an apparent bid to sidestep the circuit court judge's order. (Wizig is the subject of this week's cover story).
Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Pamela J. White had given Wizig 90 days from July 31 to fix up the vacant properties that she said suffered from "unsafe and uninhabitable conditions." But attorneys for the Community Law Center, who sued Wizig on behalf of six non-profit neighborhood groups, discovered at a court hearing today that seven of the nine LLCs named in the lawsuit sought last-minute bankruptcy protection.
We gotta hand it to the man with a history of renting and selling junk houses to naive customers: this takes Wiziging to a whole new level.
Robin Jacobs of the Community Law Center told the Houston Press that it's too early to tell what impact this will have on the circuit court ruling, and what the plaintiffs' next step will be.
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The bankruptcy notices were filed by Maryland attorney Larry Yumkas, who was not immediately available for comment.
One of the shell companies at issue is Nicky's Row Homes LLC, which we believe is named in honor of Wizig's son, Nicholas. We just hope the lad has learned a lesson from his old man: if you have tons of dough, you should do whatever you can to avoid doing the right thing. Screw everyone else, especially the suckers who have to live next to the crumbling eyesores you own, and can't afford to move to freakin' Bellaire.
Break out the wire brush. We need another bleach-bath.