Asked in Business Law and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland

Q: Can a landlord remove Commercial Tenant's Personal Property in Maryland for in paid rent without court permission?

1 Lawyer Answer
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: They need a judment of possession, which in commercial landlord-tenant cases can happen quickly--but they still need to file a court action to get it. Once they have judgment of possession, they can enter immediately upon issuance of the writ of possession and lock the premises and hold the property for auction to pay off the judgment for past due rent owing. However, without a judgment of possession, served by the Sheriff in the form of a writ, they cannot seize a tenant's property or lock out the tenant.

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