Q: I have an 18 month lease that will expire at the end of June 2021. My landlord has decided to sell. I live in Maryland
How much written notice must he give me? What if I can't find another place? Am I protected by Covid? I am not behind on my rent.
Generally speaking, the notice requirement is 30 days notice, effective rent due date. If your landlord wants to sell it, that's how much notice he will have to give (ie. May 2021). There is talk of a law prohibiting the giving of notice in MD for a while, but it's unclear whether that will become actual law.
There is no "protection" under COVID-19 for a landlord giving notice, at least not at the moment. I would talk to your Landlord and see what, if anything, can be worked out.
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A: Individual jurisdiction may have different notice requirements, such as Montgomery County (60 days) and Baltimore City (tenant's right of notice and first refusal rights to be offered the opportunity to purchase the property before another purchaser is allowed to do so). You also need to review your lease to determine what it says regarding a sale of the property during the term of the lease. Ordinarily, a purchaser of property who buys with knowledge of an existing lease in place is bound by the same terms as the seller under the lease. Your issue is different, in that the seller/landlord is exercising a remedy to terminate the lease before its term, so you need to clarify under what code section or lease provision the landlord is exercising that option to clarify whether the notice is in compliance with the lease terms and the local code applicable in your jurisdiction.
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