Edgewood, MD asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland

Q: I'm half way through a two year lease and the landlord contacted me saying she wants to sell the house.

They are asking I be avail to let realtors in and have pointed out the following sentence in my lease

" TERMINATION UPON SALE OF PREMISES. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Lease, Landlord may terminate this lease upon 60 days' written notice to Tenant that the Premises have been sold."

What are my options here? 60 days is hardly enough time to find a new place and move. I'm not financially prepared (first month, security, moving company).

Is this allowed in Maryland or can I stay until my lease ends? The way that sentence is worded it sounds like I have 60 days after it sells, not 60 days from now?? Also, do I have to participate in the sale of the home? It's a lot of work and cleaning to keep the house "show ready", in a single dad who works a lot and doesn't have a lot of time to spend on the house.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Kim D Parker
Kim D Parker
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: In Baltimore City, tenants have what's called the first right of refusal, meaning, your landlord must offer to sell the home to your first prior to listing the property for sale. Otherwise, the 60-day notice is appropriate and lawful in Maryland.

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