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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights, Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Adverse Possession Can You Adverse Possession Two Campuses And And The Whole Two Campuses With Different Buildings.

And And Can The Land Be Just Adverse Possession Regardless Of The Buildings Of The Two Campuses.

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Nov 13, 2020

By “campuses,” I’m going to assume you are referring to the common use of the word referring to the collected buildings of a university, college, or other openly used area of property in which a large community collects for an educational or other purpose. If that is so, then you are there... Read more »

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Q: In the process of moving the landlord has placed a lock on the door which prevents me from cleaning an removal of items

She is claiming abandonment when I was in the middle of cleaning and removing my personal items and refuses to remove the lock until final utility bills are paid all final bills have been sent to me under my name and arrangements to pay have been made. Is this legal? Can she hold the process... Read more »

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Nov 13, 2020

Hi there,

Nope, that's probably not legal. A Landlord is not allowed to hold your items hostage. I would contact an attorney ASAP, as the devil is often in the details.

Good luck!

3 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights, Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Is Adverse Possession And And Squatting Two Different Things And Is Lottering Trespassing Breaken In Entey ( BNE )

The Same As Or As In Squatting Or Adverse Possession

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 12, 2020

Squatting is a slang term for the legal status of Adverse Possession. Anything to do with Trespassing is not Adverse Possession because the Defendant is cognizant that someone else is entitled to exclusive possession of the premises.

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Am I being wrongfully evicted?

My landlord had put a masterlock on my door so now I can’t remove the remainder of my property. The lease says I have until the end of November to vacate. She lives in NY and I’m in MD. I don’t understand why she did this but I feel as if it isn’t valid.

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Nov 9, 2020

That sounds like an illegal lockout. The only way that it would be allowed is if there was a court hearing and the sheriff's office came to officiate an eviction. It doesn't sound like that happened here. I would suggest contacting the State's attorney's office, as many counties... Read more »

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Q: What this mean? “Landlord will send statement of reason and amount along with check for any deposit balance.”
Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Nov 7, 2020

It probably is in reference to a 45 day letter stating the security deposit disposition. By law, your Landlord has to either give you the security deposit back or send a letter itemizing the reason amounts are being withheld.

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Q: I’m responsible to make sure my rented home is in the same condition when I move out,Is my landlord held same standards?

I rent a house in Cambridge Md, my slumlord refuses to fix things. I had to call the housing inspector to show him the tub is horribly cracked with cheap paint and has just constantly been repainted over to hide. We moved in March and I noticed the problem in April.He refused to fix it kept putting... Read more »

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Nov 2, 2020

Well, yes and no. Unfortunately, it's very hard to get a landlord (LL) to fix things if it's not directly covered in the lease or under law. So, for instance, if the roof caved in and he refused to fix it, you could go and file a rent escrow.

However, things that are not truly...
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Q: What are my options when landlord not providing electricity bill for me to see and asking more and more money each time?

We have not been home last 2 months and somehow the bill went up to $1850. Landlord hasn’t been working and I believe he’s not paying his part of the bill.

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Oct 27, 2020

I would tend to say that you have a right to demand to take a look at the bill. I would contact him and explain that you are happy to of course pay the bill, but that you want to see it and make a copy for your records.

Good luck!

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Q: How long can a landlord drag out a dispute over replacement costs? Only sporadic responses from them.

Filed a dispute about property damage. Took them 1 month to reply. Now taking another month to reply to our evidence showing that we left the property intact (have a dated photo showing no damage was done and no move-out walkthrough was allowed due to COVID). How long does the landlord get to... Read more »

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Oct 23, 2020

That would really depend on the situation. Have you moved out already and this is in regards to the security deposit or are you still living there?

If you have moved out, then generally the Landlord has 45 days from the date you vacate to either return the security deposit or send you a...
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Q: I was evicted from a MD property in December 2015. The property owner is now trying to sue me in 2020 for unpaid rent

Is there a statue of limitations?

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Oct 15, 2020

Yes, there is a statute of limitations. However, that only applies to time to file, not overall. For instance, if they filed suit against you in 2017, but only just now got you served, they would still be able to move forward. You will need to check whether or not the suit was filed within that 3... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: How can a landlord send me to collections, for repairs to property after I have moved out, after living there over 8 yer

I rented from landlord for about 10 years in Maryland. After about 5 to 6 years never could get any repairs, or updated appliances that were failing such as refrigerator, gas stove. They were completely not safe or working properly from normal aging and wear and tear. Front steps were crumbling I... Read more »

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Oct 11, 2020

It would depend on what the damages he claimed were. If they were ordinary wear and tear, which it sounds like it might be given the length of the tenancy, then no, he cannot hold you accountable for it.

If it was for damages beyond ordinary wear and tear (ie. put your fist through the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: I gave notice to move at end of month. New place isn't ready. Landlord said I can't hold over. What happens if I stay

Leasing office said that my apartment is rented already and there are no other 2 bedroom units they could assign to the new tenants. It will be very hard to pack and get movers and be out by Tuesday. I've been told I'd I'm not out by Tuesday at 5pm they will take possession by... Read more »

Cedulie Renee Laumann
Cedulie Renee Laumann answered on Oct 6, 2020

If a tenant stays over past their lease end, the landlord can go to court to evict. After the court grants eviction, the landlord can have a sheriff physically remove the tenant and/or their belongings. However, a landlord cannot just call the sheriff and change the locks without a court order.

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Q: I've filed an escrow petition. Has not gone to court. If I'm sued for failure to pay, does the escrow app protect me?

I've filed an escrow petition, but it has not yet gone to court. If I do not pay my rent, I understand that my landlord can sue me for failure to pay rent. What does the law say about situations like that? Does the application for the escrow petition protect me from a lawsuit for failure to... Read more »

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Oct 1, 2020

You cannot unilaterally withhold the rent. That's what the rent escrow petition is for. However, as soon as you get the first hearing establishing the escrow, you can put the rent into the escrow account.

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Q: Moved into house 3yrs about, NO lease in my name ever! Landlord old, sons taking over, what are my rights without lease?
Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Sep 29, 2020

Well, as long as there was an agreement to pay rent, there is a lease, albeit an oral one. What that means is that you would be considered a month-to-month tenant, so the Landlord has the right to give you notice to vacate. If so, it would be a 30 day notice.

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Q: I gave notice to move at end of month. New place isn't ready. Landlord said I can't hold over. What happens if I stay

Leasing office said that my apartment is rented already and there are no other 2 bedroom units they could assign to the new tenants. It will be very hard to pack and get movers and be out by Tuesday. I've been told I'd I'm not out by Tuesday at 5pm they will take possession by... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Sep 26, 2020

They cannot legally do that. If you don’t leave you’re just a tenant holding over. They’d have to file an eviction proceeding. Could take months to get evicted.

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Q: Roommate doesn’t pay rent since March, 2020..quit job 2 weeks before Covid..landlord gave him 30 day notice to vacate in

April. Loud car, car lights shine in tenants windows, does not keep common area like bathroom clean.

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Sep 20, 2020

I would need a bit more information to answer this one. Are you asking if the Landlord can do that? Or are you asking if there is a way for you to get rid of this roommate, or it something else.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Need copy: Annotated Code of Maryland (1973 Replacement Volume), Title 8, Article 21, Section 102, & subsection thereof

Has to do with Ground Leases

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Sep 17, 2020

Contact the circuit court law library in the county or City of Baltimore where you live to see if they have the old volumes of the Code you are looking for; or you may contact the Maryland Department of Legislative Services, which archives all the laws.... Read more »

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Q: Can a former landlord deny me from retrieving furniture I left there 3 yrs ago that I intended to get back eventually?

I lived in a shared group house 3 years ago. All furnishings were provided by various tenants, none provided by the landlord. I left 4 pieces of living room furniture there when I moved in 2017, telling the other tenants my plan to retrieve the pieces at a later time. I am ready to reclaim them,... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Sep 16, 2020

Start by reading your former lease. It very likely contains a clause that items abandoned in the premises belong to the landlord. Even if it doesn't, you need to explain why landlord was responsible for bailing your property without his knowledge or consent for three years. And then, you need... Read more »

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Q: We rent monthly no lease just mouth to mouth because of cova19 we only pay half rent now landlord can eviction start
Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Sep 14, 2020

So, the Landlord can make use of the Failure to Pay Rent statute, but you can make use of the stay of eviction offered by Governor Hogan's state of emergency to prevent you actually getting evicted.

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Q: Are written texts between landlords and tenants legal?

I’m in a tricky situation. I was scheduled to begin a lease Sept 6. I had signed it but noted on the lease clause 35 that inspection was not complete and told him I could not sign that portion since the tenants hadn’t moved and he had not completed the work promised on the property yet. Long... Read more »

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Sep 7, 2020

That's a tricky one. If there was a modification of the agreement, even orally, it can be enforceable, but the burden of proof would be on you to show that there was a) an offer to rescind the lease, b) that you accepted the offer and c) that there was some consideration (ie value) that would... Read more »

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Q: Can a Maryland landlord break a lease halfway through the term to sell the property... during covid-19?

I live in Montgomery County MD, and the landlord gave 2 months notice to terminate the lease. The lease contract went until April 2021. What are my rights as a renter? Do I have to allow showings of the house under covid conditions when I did not initiate this termination?

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Sep 6, 2020

Under MD law, a lease survives the sale of the property (with one or 2 exceptions). So, if you have a lease that is good until 4/21, the Landlord cannot really give you a notice of termination (unless you have breached the lease in a major way, such as smoking in a non-smoking house, etc.)... Read more »

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