Indianapolis, IN asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland

Q: I live in Columbia Md. My lease is up April 30, 2021. I don’t have a place to move to. My rent is not behind.

I was approved for a new place. Last week was told by new owner he could not rent it to me bc he didn’t have his license yet. A few days later it was rented to someone else. Now I have no where to go with my children. My rent is always on time. I have asked for a lease extension the current landlord refuses because he wants to sell the house. He has not even given me first right to purchase.

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Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Annapolis, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: That sounds frustrating. So... if you don't leave, the Landlord can't just kick you out. He needs to give you proper notice to vacate (sounds like he might have already done that) and if you don't leave, he will need to file a Tenant Holding Over action, followed by a warrant of restitution, before he can move to evict you. In short, you have a little bit of time (not much though).

You should focus all your efforts on finding a new place, as sooner or later, the Landlord will file the proper paperwork and an eviction is really painful.

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