Filed a dispute about property damage. Took them 1 month to reply. Now taking another month to reply to our evidence showing that we left the property intact (have a dated photo showing no damage was done and no move-out walkthrough was allowed due to COVID). How long does the landlord get to... Read more »
Yes, there is a statute of limitations. However, that only applies to time to file, not overall. For instance, if they filed suit against you in 2017, but only just now got you served, they would still be able to move forward. You will need to check whether or not the suit was filed within that 3...Read more »
I rented from landlord for about 10 years in Maryland. After about 5 to 6 years never could get any repairs, or updated appliances that were failing such as refrigerator, gas stove. They were completely not safe or working properly from normal aging and wear and tear. Front steps were crumbling I... Read more »
It would depend on what the damages he claimed were. If they were ordinary wear and tear, which it sounds like it might be given the length of the tenancy, then no, he cannot hold you accountable for it.
If it was for damages beyond ordinary wear and tear (ie. put your fist through the...Read more »
I've filed an escrow petition, but it has not yet gone to court. If I do not pay my rent, I understand that my landlord can sue me for failure to pay rent. What does the law say about situations like that? Does the application for the escrow petition protect me from a lawsuit for failure to... Read more »
You cannot unilaterally withhold the rent. That's what the rent escrow petition is for. However, as soon as you get the first hearing establishing the escrow, you can put the rent into the escrow account.
Well, as long as there was an agreement to pay rent, there is a lease, albeit an oral one. What that means is that you would be considered a month-to-month tenant, so the Landlord has the right to give you notice to vacate. If so, it would be a 30 day notice.
I’m in a tricky situation. I was scheduled to begin a lease Sept 6. I had signed it but noted on the lease clause 35 that inspection was not complete and told him I could not sign that portion since the tenants hadn’t moved and he had not completed the work promised on the property yet. Long... Read more »
That's a tricky one. If there was a modification of the agreement, even orally, it can be enforceable, but the burden of proof would be on you to show that there was a) an offer to rescind the lease, b) that you accepted the offer and c) that there was some consideration (ie value) that would...Read more »
I got scheduled a court date for 39:3-40 back in March for my insurance I believe. Pandemic came and they scheduled it again for June but courts weren’t open. Just paid that ticket from the courts and it was $153 plus $33 court fees. Before me paying that ticket, I got pulled over again for my... Read more »
That sounds frustrating. I doubt you will lose your license. In all likelihood, you will show up at the mandated hearing, explain what happened to the prosecutor and if you can show proof that everything is in good order (ie. license is back in good standing, registration is good,...Read more »
I live in Montgomery County MD, and the landlord gave 2 months notice to terminate the lease. The lease contract went until April 2021. What are my rights as a renter? Do I have to allow showings of the house under covid conditions when I did not initiate this termination?
Under MD law, a lease survives the sale of the property (with one or 2 exceptions). So, if you have a lease that is good until 4/21, the Landlord cannot really give you a notice of termination (unless you have breached the lease in a major way, such as smoking in a non-smoking house, etc.)...Read more »
Carpet was incredibly cheap and stained easily. While stained by tenants carpet also had mold growth due to leaking tub landlord didn't fix and poor installments of siding, sliding glass doors and windows. Is land lord allowed to keep all of the security deposit plus charge extra for a 5 year... Read more »
When you rent a place, it is assumed that there will be normal wear-and-tear. If the carpet was old and stained when you moved in and just proceeded along that path, then it would not be fair to withhold for that.
I moved into an apartment with “damaged” carpet. It has pet fur throughout the entire apartment that I cannot sweep or vacuum away. Pet fur from the previous tenant. I didn’t notice until it was in our socks and clothing. What can I do?
Unfortunately, there is not a rule about replacing carpets. The court generally assumes that you have reviewed the premises prior to rental and were good with the condition. That being said, you can definitely try to pressure the Landlord (LL) into making...Read more »
That sounds very frustrating. This is actually a fairly common scheme. I imagine someone offered you to rent the house, showed it to you, got you to sign a lease and collected rent. Then, when the real owner showed up, you realized that you were scammed.
However, the LL cannot evict you without a court order. What would need to happen would be the LL filing a Tenant Holding Over action (THOA) where the LL ask the Court to rule that you were given proper notice and failed to leave. After that,...Read more »
My spouse and I appeared at the hearing but neither defendant was present. We were prepared to discuss our case but since they did not show, the judge said there was no contest and ruled affidavit judgement that they needed to return our deposit and court fees. Now, when I search the case online to... Read more »
Nothing "happens" so to speak. If your Landlord (LL) is unlicensed, you still have to pay rent and are still a tenant. The major difference lies in what your LL can do to you if you don't pay rent. In PG, if the LL doesn't have the license, he/she cannot make use of the Failure...Read more »
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