I rented from someone who said that I could move in quickly but I had to clean dwelling and since basement was flooded I had to do that too. My rent was discounted with utilities included for just $650 monthly. I needed a place quickly for me and my 2 teenage sons. Mail was still being delivered... Read more »
answered on Mar 17, 2023
You list DC as where you are asking the question, but you posted this on the Maryland forum. My answer will apply to both, except licensing of rental properties are different as well as the eviction court procedures, in each jurisdiction. It sounds as though your "landlord" does not own... Read more »
Notice to vacate but my realtor says I cannot end my contract because he is military. Is that correct?
answered on Mar 17, 2023
While the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act provides protections for financial and legal transactions while in the military, I don't believe the Act confers greater rights than a person can have in a situation like the one you describe. If a person is renting your property, you have the right to... Read more »
on 3/1/23. Ordered part. On 3/6/23, part not in and still not hot water. We are up to date in rent. Is there a recourse?
answered on Mar 6, 2023
While it is well worth your money to have the lease reviewed and check the local ordinances on landlord & tenant relations in your county, as a general matter, the landlord covenants a safe and habitable residence, and hot water is a part of that. You call the landlord -- preferably after a... Read more »
I waited for hours and the lady from the maintenance kept hanging up on me when I called for updates.
answered on Mar 2, 2023
First off, let me quote my late, old professor of Business Law back at Penn. "Of course, they can sue. Any idiot can sue. All it takes is a pen, paper, and the filing fee … and on occasion a crayon is substituted for the pen. The question you are trying to ask is whether you can win."... Read more »
answered on Feb 23, 2023
If they were evicted by court process, with service of a writ of possession by the Sheriff, then their return is trespassing, and you should file criminal charges (assuming you are the landlord with the writ of possession issued to you after prevailing in the eviction action). Ordinarily, upon... Read more »
I discovered a mice infestation during the second week of my tenancy, it’s been almost 6 months, still the problem remains. In addition to this, there are issues with broken appliances such as the refrigerator, which has a water flow problem. There is also a leak from one of the ceilings.... Read more »
answered on Feb 21, 2023
Maryland law offers "rent escrow" as an option for a tenant living in a place that has serious health or safety violations. The tenant can seek different options, from having the landlord fix the problem, to asking the court to reduce rent or break the lease. It is up to the court to... Read more »
My bedroom ceiling began caving in one night while I was asleep in bed. The proper management company did come and replace the entire ceiling in my bedroom however I haven’t slept in my bed due to the constant fear of it caving in. This has caused me sleep deprivation, which is worsening my... Read more »
answered on Feb 21, 2023
Real Property Code Section 8-212.2, provides in petinent part;
(b) [I]f a tenant under a residential lease meets the conditions set forth in subsection (c) of this section, the tenant's liability for rent under the lease may not exceed 2 months' rent after the date on which the... Read more »
they are both on the deed 50/50 ownership. They are getting divorced and the husband is claiming he is managing partner and has the right to terminate the lease without her consent. The divorce will not be finalized for 5 mo. She does not wish to terminate lease opposes his actions. What are my... Read more »
answered on Feb 19, 2023
I would need more information to answer this fully.
You mentioned that there is a automatic renewal clause in the lease that you initialed. Did that automatic renewal clause state that the lease would be renewed automatically for an additional year unless either party takes an action?... Read more »
This is my 3rd year with tenants and first time with rats. We believe they are coming from vacant bar next door. I had Health Department come out and they are opening a claim on the new owners of that property. I got one estimate so far for an extermination service to get rid of rats and... Read more »
answered on Jan 31, 2023
If we are talking about a commercial lease, generally the lease controls. Get a lawyer to review the lease and negotiate a resolution with the neighboring property owner harboring the vermin infestation. If this is a residential lease, the answer depends a bit on the locality, but, as a general... Read more »
landloard start to charge penalty after I complaint about smoking from next new store. They did not any action for this. Now send me termination notice.
answered on Jan 3, 2023
Commercial leases are seldom forgiving in their terms, and are generally largely in favor of the landlord. In a situation where you are in clear and admitted breach of the single most important and basic term --the timely payment of rent-- you have little to no leverage; worse, you're... Read more »
have been leaving with my roommate who is the owner of this condo for 10 years. I have been told I need to move out. I do have a deed said if something happens to him j get this place. Now things have turned in a different direction. His daughter is planning on selling the place. I don't know... Read more »
answered on Dec 29, 2022
Generally speaking the rights of an occupant ("roommate") who is not an owner are based on the lease. If there is no lease, then one must move out after given proper notice to vacate. Legally speaking it doesn't make much difference if someone has lived in property for 6 months, 2... Read more »
answered on Dec 16, 2022
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... Read more »
Water/sewage is stated on the lease which was signed on 2/01/2022, but as stated in Md. Code, Real Property § 8-212.4, I was not given proper information and only was given a notice on 6/26/2022 that I would have to pay water starting 9/1/2022. I just received my 1st bill this month and it’s... Read more »
answered on Dec 14, 2022
Request --in writing, and dated-- the detailed utility invoices for the property and how the amounts billed to you were calculated. Cite the code section. State that their request for payment does not meet the Code requirements for supporting documentation and billing details, and that upon... Read more »
I have a roommate. Both our name are on the lease
He left two month ago to live somewhere else without telling me. I found his room empty . leaving the keys and refusing to sign off the lease. I found someone else to cover the rent and he knew and said he was cool with it. Now he wants to... Read more »
answered on Dec 10, 2022
Put in writing (letter, email, text--and save it as evidence) that he cannot come back and if he does attempt entry he will be charged with trespassing and breaking and entering. Trespass can only be charged if he receives notice to stay off your property, and you need to prove you gave that... Read more »
When our client moved in, we had footing. Our footing was replaced and our agreement was that we would retain the new footing after they left. Now they've hired an attorney who is saying they're going to take the footing and leave nothing. Shouldn't our footing be a fixture that... Read more »
answered on Nov 30, 2022
Sounds like you need a lawyer to answer them. Unless altered by the lease, fixtures to property remain part of the property. Further, if the lease proscribes alterations without approval, there shouldn't have been any alterations, and, if the alteration was permitted, the approval should have... Read more »
Maintenance Request form was submitted over a week ago via multiple avenues (on-line form, hard copy as well as several follow up calls and no response whatsoever). Please help. I'd like to b showered for the holiday.
answered on Nov 21, 2022
It’s best to consult legal counsel, because landlord and tenant practice tends to be local, but Maryland law allows tenants to withhold rent and use that rent to repair health issues such as water, heat, and sewage service. You’ve notified. Hire the best licensed plumber in town for emergency... Read more »
We are divorced, recently in fact. My name is on the loan it was easier to buy during our marriage that way. Our names are both on the deed however. I have a conventional loan through the mortgage. I believe my loan isn’t assumable?
How does it work if he wants to take over the loan? He... Read more »
answered on Nov 1, 2022
Your best course is to require that he refinance or that you sell the property. As long as you are on the mortgage, you are responsible for the mortgage loan and it will appear on your credit report as your debt.
In Maryland, harford county. 60 day notice would be because they have a contract on the house, or claim to.
answered on Oct 27, 2022
According to the notice law in your jurisdiction, you must be out of the property by the end of the 60th day. Additionally, you must pay rent through the 60th day. If you do not leave, you can be sued for unlawful detainer and eventually be kicked out forcibly by the County Sheriff. It is suggested... Read more »
The house is in harford county Maryland and this is in my lease:
" TERMINATION UPON SALE OF PREMISES. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Lease, Landlord may terminate this lease upon 60 days' written notice to Tenant that the Premises have been sold."
answered on Oct 10, 2022
It seems to me they cannot give the notice until after they have a signed contract of sale (signed by both them and the buyer). The date of the sales contract is the date the property sold, even though closing is at a later date. They are then required to give you written notice, and you would... Read more »
They are asking I be avail to let realtors in and have pointed out the following sentence in my lease
" TERMINATION UPON SALE OF PREMISES. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Lease, Landlord may terminate this lease upon 60 days' written notice to Tenant that the Premises... Read more »
answered on Oct 9, 2022
In Baltimore City, tenants have what's called the first right of refusal, meaning, your landlord must offer to sell the home to your first prior to listing the property for sale. Otherwise, the 60-day notice is appropriate and lawful in Maryland.
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