Severn, MD asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland

Q: My commercial landlord is trying to collect back trash payment from 2011-2015. Am I responsible to pay it?

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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Need to read the commercial lease and ascertain whether the statute of limitations was extended beyond the default 3 years normally applicable to claims of this nature. However, most commercial leases are under seal, meaning you signed the lease with the word “seal” printed next to the signature line, which extends the SOL to 12 years. If the lease is still within its term, and you are paying rent currently, then there may be other terms that apply to make the claim timely.

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