Bel Air, MD asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland

Q: My apartment is not providing adequate pest control and after 6 months the issue is unmanageable. What can I do?

We were assured that the unit had no pest issues when we moved in 7 months ago.

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Shaneka Johnson
Shaneka Johnson
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Annapolis, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Generally speaking, any dangerous defect can be grounds for opening a rent escrow case. Rent escrows allow tenants to pay their rent to the court until the landlord fixes the problem. When the dangerous defect is an infestation tenants must show that at least one other unit is experiencing the same problem. Most district court clerk’s office will offer guidance on how to complete rent escrow forms. Additionally, a tenant may want to contact their county’s code enforcement office to get an officer out to inspect the property.

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