Many in Baltimore County have thoughts about other residents who are less fortunate during the holiday season, and that also includes the officials whose job it is to evict renters and foreclosed homeowners.
Nobody will lose their home over the holidays.
The Baltimore County Sheriff's Office, which evicts homeowners who have been foreclosed by mortgage-holders, stopped evictions on Dec. 16 and won't resume until Jan. 3.
"It isn't a law or anything like that, just something that we've done for the last five or six years," explained Sheriff R. Jay Fisher. "This is something we do on our own as a courtesy."
"I'm not putting somebody out over the holidays," said one deputy who asked not to be identified.
A similar policy is followed by constables working for Baltimore County District Court, which has jurisdiction over the eviction of renters.
Fisher said that there are presently evictions of 18 Baltimore County homeowners on hold until after the holidays.
"We'll have more evictions this year than we did last year," Fisher said. "Evictions remain pretty steady."
Between 400-500 renters are evicted every month in the county, according to court officials.