Sykesville, MD asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland

Q: After 5 yrs, our landlord told us we have a month to move out bc he is putting house for sale. Do we have any rights ?

We've always paid our rent even during covid. Is there any rights we have to get at least another month? We have 5 kids and 2 of us. It's hard finding a place now that is 3bd and not ridiculously expensive in such a limited time frame.

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

A: The answer is, unfortunately, not really. Landlord's have the right to give notice to a tenant at the end of a lease term. It sounds like you were on a month-to-month lease (correct me if I'm wrong as it would change the case entirely).

However, it's not like they can just throw your stuff out if you don't leave within the 30 day period. They would need to go to Court on a Tenant Holding Over action. Still, it's only a matter of time. I would suggest finding a new place ASAP, as a Tenant Holding Over action on your record will make it harder to find rentals in the future.

Good luck!

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