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0 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: I am trying to terminate my lease. I emailed my landlords one week ago. I heard nothing back. The lease is confusing.

There is one sentence in the lease that’s says termination needs to be written and cannot be word of mouth. Two sentences later it says termination needs to be certified mail. Does my email count as written notice or do I need to have certified mail. Do these two sentences of “written notice”... View More

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Q: Good morning If the landlord doesn’t have a renters license what legal action can I take or what rights do I have

Landlord is asking me to vacate property by February 29, 2024

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Feb 17, 2024

Rental license laws are local to the county (or City of Baltimore) where you live, and vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Without knowing your location it is difficult to be clear on what laws apply. Also, the type of rental unit matters. Renting a room in someone’s house with a common... View More

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Q: I signed a lease with my roommate; I signed as the "tenant" and she signed as the "co-applicant".

What exactly does this mean as far as authority over the apartment? Can I ask her to move out since I am the tenant?

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Q: We lost section 8 2months ago, rental office still charged discount rent and we paid now they are charging us 3 months

Rent saying since they didn't get their full rent we have to pay it all despite the fact we agreed to a diffrent price is there anything I can do

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Q: My apartment complex is trying to charge me more than the lease states, can they do that?

I signed a lease renewal that has a lower price than what they are trying to charge me because they didn't update it and signed it without reading. Now they are trying to charge me more and want me to sign a new lease with the update terms. If they want to break the current lease can ask them... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Environmental and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: I was just cited From Prince George DPIE for infractions and have 2 fine for a total of $600 but was never sent a notice

I would like to know if they had to have sent a correction notice. How can I get proof of what they saw or they think was the infractions and if what they listed as infractions are infractions or are ok.

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answered on Jan 18, 2024

If you have received citations from Prince George's DPIE (Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement) for infractions related to your property, it is crucial to review the local regulations and follow the proper procedures. Typically, jurisdictions have specific protocols for... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Maryland on
Q: Seeking best course of action in attempting to leave lease where signed with roommate.Desire to leave before end of term

I am in a lease agreement where both my roommate and I have signed the lease. Living with roommate has been affecting my mental health, so I want to leave before the end of the lease term. I informed my roommate and gave her a timeline asking if it would work for her she said yes but has stated she... View More

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answered on Dec 8, 2023

Consider the following potential courses of action in this situation:

Negotiate with your roommate: Communicate the impact on your mental health and express your desire to leave the lease. Offer assistance in finding a new roommate and suggest a financial incentive to encourage cooperation....
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Q: Eviction hearing Monday. Defendant died. What should love ones do? Time to empty house?

My dad has an Eviction hearing on Monday. He died this week before hearing? He was the only person on lease. What should we do? Notify the landlord?court? Do we have time to try to get his affairs in order?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Nov 14, 2023

If you want his personal belongings from the premises, and you do not have access to the apartment, then you will need to open an estate for your father and have Letters of Administration issued to somebody acting as Personal Representative (PR) of his estate. If he had a will, he would have... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Bankruptcy for Maryland on
Q: Just filed Chpt7 and received case #, etc. but have eviction case on Monday. How do I present district court with injunc

I need to let the Dist. Court know that I have filed for Chapter7 and halt the proceeding (eviction hearing) that is on Monday. I was told I could call in with the BR case # once filed. But the DC is now saying I need to file something with my DC case # and the BR case #, but could not tell me... View More

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answered on Nov 3, 2023

TODAY, call the landlord's atty and give them the case number. This is really a state court question, but if you have something with the DC caption on it, make a copy of it, title it "Notice of Bankruptcy Filing" and attach a copy of the Bankruptcy Court notice of filing that's... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Filing Chapter 7 in MD this week. I also have an eviction (rental) hearing next Monday. Question on letting court know

Once filed, how do I let the District Court know that I filed for bankruptcy so that the hearing does not proceed on Monday, Nov. 6th? (As of course, once you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, there is an automatic stay/injunction.)

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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answered on Oct 31, 2023

Assuming you have the Clerk's/Court's contact info from your Notice of the eviction case, the quick way is to telephone the Court/Courtroom Deputy, during working hours, and provide the name of your bankruptcy court, with the Bankruptcy Case No., and date of filing. A more reliable way... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: my lease expired April of 2023 and my landlord failed to give me a new lease to sign, do I technically owe 60 day notice

I signed a lease for one year with an end date of April 2023 and have been told the price have increased for my new lease starting may 2023. I have waited 6 months for a new lease and I am now trying to move and is being told I need to give a 60 day notice. I have not signed a new lease to have to... View More

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Oct 30, 2023

You will need to review your old lease to see what happens when the lease expires and how much notice you need to give.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
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.

Shaneka Johnson
Shaneka Johnson
answered on Jul 23, 2023

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... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Is there notice for no right of redemption?

I had some financial troubles and long story short, I have 3 eviction notices under my belt. I have paid them off before eviction but when I spoked to the leasing office last they told me they planned on filing for no right of redemption. How does this work? Will I get a notice with a date or will... View More

Shaneka Johnson
Shaneka Johnson
answered on Jul 16, 2023

Generally speaking, the process for an eviction without the right of redemption is the same as any summary ejectment proceeding. Ten-days notice is required prior to filing the petition. Any appeal must be filed within ten days after the final hearing. Eviction is typically scheduled with the local... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Can the court kick me out because I've been filed on for eviction more than once?

I'm in Ellicott City, MD. I had financial trouble and was filed on for eviction a few times. But I always paid my balance before eviction happened. Now they're saying the court can and will kick me out without notice because I've been filed on several times even though everything is... View More

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander
answered on Jul 13, 2023

That would depend. If this is a failure to pay rent situation and your Landlord has gotten 3 judgments against you in the last 12 months, then the Landlord can request that the right of redemption be extinguished, at which point, yes, it wouldn't matter if you paid the outstanding amounts. Has... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Can a landlord remove Commercial Tenant's Personal Property in Maryland for in paid rent without court permission?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jul 4, 2023

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... View More

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Q: We are in a month to month tenancy in the state of Maryland. Landlord has given us 30 days but I think law says 60
Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander
answered on Jun 15, 2023

Generally speaking, yes, the Landlord must give 60 days written notice.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Land Use & Zoning, Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: What are the laws for parking my live in cargo van at my family’s, single family rental home?

My mom has a money hungry landlord that I’m pretty sure has been reporting us for parking in front of my family’s home even though we have her permission and her rent is up to date. My mom has health problems so I need to be around as her oldest to help out but there’s no room to actually... View More

Shaneka Johnson
Shaneka Johnson
answered on Jun 22, 2023

Parking rules and regulations are typically covered in your (or your parent's) lease agreement. Additionally, if the rental property is subject to a homeowner's association, they may have additional parking rules and regulations. Further, if your vehicle is parked on a public street there... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Can my tenants not pay rent if they are awaiting their washing machine to be fixed?

My tenant's washer broke in April. I immediately contacted my Home warranty program (AHS) and had a service technician come out. He said it would take 4 weeks for parts. He never contacted me back or returned my calls. I had to have a 2ns vendor come out and then they said it was a big job... View More

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jun 7, 2023

They can't withhold full monthly rent for this type of breach of lease on your part, which it likely is, because the unit is not uninhabitable or made dangerous due to some unhealthy condition (in that scenario, they could petition to open a rent escrow and pay their rent into court and the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Landlord - Tenant, Real Estate Law and Internet Law for Maryland on
Q: Can I take legal action against HABC.org (Housing Authority of Baltimore City) for False Advertisement?

I have two rental properties in Baltimore City that I wanted to lease out in October 22'. I came across an article/press release online advertising a $1,500 incentive for new landlord's who signed up with program. I begin working with the program and due to their own continuous mistakes... View More

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Jun 1, 2023

You want to retain a lawyer to file a suit against what is either a government agency or a public-private partnership which might have a regulatory layer that requires some specialization, and the amount of your lawsuit will be for $3,000. Is that right? The non-refundable retainer from counsel in... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law, Internet Law and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Can I take legal action against HABC.org (Housing Attorney of Baltimore City) for False Advertisement?

I have two rental properties in Baltimore City that I wanted to lease out in October 22'. I came across an article/press release online advertising a $1,500 incentive for new landlord's who signed up with program with HABC (Housing Authority of Baltimore City). I begin working with the... View More

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on May 28, 2023

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