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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Landlord refuses to return deposit

I have pictures of the poor state of some of the items she claims I damaged when I first moved in.

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answered on Jun 12, 2022

Have you provided your landlord a forwarding address to return your security deposit? Depending on the circumstances of your move out, you may need to fulfil certain requirements in order to be successful with a lawsuit.

This reply does not constitute legal advice.

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Q: I filed a complaint with the county building inspector and my landlord served me a 90 day notice to vacate.

We signed our lease November 13, 2019 and have been on a year to year lease since. My landlord served us a notice to vacate by April 30th. I have four children, three in school and I need to know of what he is doing is legal?

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answered on Mar 30, 2022

What county is your rental home located in? (If the county is Prince Georges, additionally what city is your rental home located?)

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Formation for Maryland on
Q: Do I have to re-file my trade name if I had reinstated the LLC under a new legal name after it was forfeited?

Trade name was filed in 2020, the LLC name changed 2022

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answered on Mar 7, 2022

In Maryland trade name registrations are valid for 5 years. Trade names register the core name of the business, without the "Inc., LLC, etc." designation. Renewed businesses are covered under their new designation if they retain the core name on their trade name registration.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Libel & Slander and Probate for Maryland on
Q: I inherited a house that I lived in with my mom for 30 years it’s not been transferred to myself and sister yet

She is the executioner of the will but she has been stealing valuables from the house so I added security cameras and she is making false claims she didn’t go through my personal possessions can I have her removed as the executive of the will? She inherited the house in a 50/50 split? Until it... Read more »

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answered on Jan 13, 2022

The personal representative of a estate is give certain authorities in the will. It is common for the PR to have authority to enter into contract and collect rents on property in the estate for the benefit of the estate. If you are not on the deed and are not the PR your rights have not fully... Read more »

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Q: I inherited the house I’ve been living in with my mom in a 50/50 undivided split

Can I rent a room out without my sisters approval who owns the other 50% it hasn’t been transferred into both our names yet as my mom just recently passed away. Can she say no even when I will split the income with her?

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Shaneka Johnson
answered on Jan 10, 2022

Who is the personal representative of your mother's estate?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Behind on my rent due to covid. I received $18000 aid to pay my back rent. I have now been issued a notice to quit. he

My office has still not opened so I am not able to work. DHHS paid $18000 in back rent. I have now received a notice to quit. I was not able to renew my lease in August 2020 because of COVID and not working and I am month to month. Is there anyway to stop the notice to quit without paying the full... Read more »

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answered on Dec 3, 2021

This all depends on the terms of the agreement your Landlord made with DHHS in exchange for accepting the emergency rental assistance funds. Much of the pandemic rental assistance required landlord to sign an agreement to not move forward with eviction for a certain period of time following their... Read more »

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Q: How do I set up an LLC with rental property?
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answered on Oct 18, 2021

An LLC established for real property ownership is no different than an LLC formed for conducting another form of business. You will need to file articles of organization. Secure an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and Maryland Tax ID Number (if your LLC is formed in Maryland). Post formation,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: My daughter lives in off campus housing at college that requires roommate agreement for a pet and sneak it in.

My daughter went and bought a dog after receiving the okay from the roommates but one of the roommates turned her in. She paid the fine and the pet fee but also has to have roommates sign an agreement with the apartment complex. The roommate that turned her in refuses to sign. My daughter has the... Read more »

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answered on Sep 13, 2021

Does your daughter have a handicap/disability that the dog provides assistive support for?

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Q: Can a property manager put your car on a list to be towed without informing you
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Shaneka Johnson
answered on Aug 4, 2021

Towing questions depend on the terms of your lease (usually found in the rules/house rules section). Outside of the lease, HOA/COA rules and bylaws, along with posted signs will control here. You want to check each of these for parking permission requirements and make sure your vehicle is in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Hello, I can not find this answer on line. Can a Baltimore city Landlord confiscate property in my backyard?

I have a grill that the landlord claim are forbidden in our lease. Is the landlord allowed to take my grill with notice?

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answered on Jun 23, 2021

Generally, the answer is no. However it depends on your lease. Is there a Rules section in your lease or any language specific to the treatment of grills or prohibited items generally?

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Q: Homeowner selling after signing year lease.

Update: This was a renewal lease and is scheduled to be our second year in the property.

I just signed a year lease that ends June 2022. I'm now being informed by the homeowner's real estate agent that the owner would like to cancel my lease ASAP and sell the property. What are my... Read more »

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answered on Jun 15, 2021

Generally, a lease is a contract that attaches to the leasehold property, meaning the terms of your lease could bind the purchaser of the property. However, it all depends on the terms in your lease. Your options include, negotiating an early buy-out, filing a lis pendens action, or simply... Read more »

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