Bowie, MD asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland

Q: I gave notice to move at end of month. New place isn't ready. Landlord said I can't hold over. What happens if I stay

Leasing office said that my apartment is rented already and there are no other 2 bedroom units they could assign to the new tenants. It will be very hard to pack and get movers and be out by Tuesday. I've been told I'd I'm not out by Tuesday at 5pm they will take possession by calling the sheriff and changing the locks and that any property inside at that time would be deemed abandoned and become their property. I was told that because I asked what happens if I need until the morning of the next day for movers. I'm not sure if I have any recourse.

1 Lawyer Answer
Cedulie Renee Laumann
Cedulie Renee Laumann
  • Crownsville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: If a tenant stays over past their lease end, the landlord can go to court to evict. After the court grants eviction, the landlord can have a sheriff physically remove the tenant and/or their belongings. However, a landlord cannot just call the sheriff and change the locks without a court order.

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