The Original tenant gave a security deposit of $5000 to rent our home. The original tenant and his girlfriend signed a renewal lease (month to month) the next year. The girlfriend is now trying to sue us to get the deposit back since we missed the 45 day deadline after they moved out. Does she... Read more »
No. She would have had to be on the lease, and by your description, she was not, and she did not pay the deposit. However, if the renewal lease stated that the security deposit will be applied to the renewal lease and the tenants (with her being named as a tenant) retain all rights to the...Read more »
"Self-help" evictions are frowned upon in Maryland, and risky for landlords. You do not say whether you have a reasonable belief that the tenants will not move out at termination, but if you do have good reasons to think that (such as because the tenants said as much), you might be able to...Read more »
I have asked for my apartment to be mice free. It has taken them three exterminator visits, they have had to fill in three holes in my unit. They have found mice excrement, that is the exterminator found this. I was denied having my floors cleaned by the onsite manager, I had to call the... Read more »
An online post won't be able to offer specific legal advice, but when conditions in a rental rise to the level of a serious hazard jeopardizing health or safety, Maryland law offers the option of rent escrow. Not every nuisance rises to the level of hazard and it is a very case-by-case analysis....Read more »
Typically, unless you have language in your lease that specifically allows for early termination under these circumstances, the landlord is required to lease the premises for the term that you agreed on.
Our water heater broke and leaked water in the basement and the renters didn't respond for at least a week or so. The basement was basically off limits as the carpet was completely soaked and stepping on it resulted in water splashing and soaking further into the carpet. Essentially there was water... Read more »
The answer depends on the terms of the lease, who had the insurance interest, and whether anyone was negligent, and the result is fact dependent. While it needs to be reviewed before an opinion can be reached. One thing is certain. Doing nothing until the mold overtakes the house will turn a $700...Read more »
If it can be proven that the presence of the bedbugs is due to the landlord's negligence, and that you were injured as a result of this negligence, then you have a claim. I'm not minimizing any injuries you suffered, but I'm direct with both prospective and retained clients. Many personal injury...Read more »
This tenant has been troublesome from the start. I charge different rates for couples and singles. She said she is by herself but her bf practically lives here and they refuse to pay the couple price. They get into huge arguments and destroy my property. She hasn't paid rent in 4months. I have... Read more »
You are filing your legal action incorrectly. You cannot use the landlord-tenant forms or seek to enforce the landlord-tenant laws or the terms of the lease, because the lease is not legally valid as a result of your not being licensed.
What you must do is file a complaint for unlawful...Read more »
My landlord is telling me I have to throw things away in my carport. It’s not junky and I store things around the perimeter like bikes, a wood pile for bonfires (he demands this be thrown out), broken down boxes I use for shipping (demands these be thrown out), a grill, and a couple metal storage... Read more »
The first place to look is the lease language regarding the tenant's responsibilities to maintain the premises (and the carport in particular). Sometimes it is vague and ambiguous, so might turn on the reasonableness of the landlord's request vs. the reasonableness of your conduct. Tenants can be...Read more »
I cannot determine whether your inquiry is from Virginia or Maryland, but, in Maryland, there is a specific rule requiring the filing of a paid & satisfied line when judgment is paid. I haven't researched it in quite a while, but there may be available awards including attorneys fees for failure to...Read more »
Contractors originally refused to perform duct cleaning after the visual appearance of "dark growth" appeared on air ducts and swab test was taken. The landlord finally agreed to conduct an air quality test after one month of being informed by the contractor. Test results were "lost" and a second... Read more »
Perhaps, if the failure to enforce deprived you of the "quiet enjoyment" of the premises. The lease language may also provide limitations on your right to sue- such as a written notice to the landlord and a reasonable opportunity to cure the problem (which is also generally the requirement under...Read more »
I have rented this unit for 1 year and extended it for another year. I have notified the owner of my moving out and an inspection has been performed on 10/24/2018 and I have handed over the keys on the same day. My lease was to end on 10/31/2018. However my landlord promised that the rent will... Read more »
It doesn't sound like, based on what you say, that the landlord is in compliance with MD law with regard to the retention of your security deposit. Also, if your lease term was to end on 10/31, and you gave enough notice according to the lease of your termination (and it didn't automatically renew...Read more »
I have paid all rent ,he is now saying I owe rent because I told him it was probably illegal for him to charge me rent increase through an electric bill ,he lives in the basement and are supposed to help pay for electric ,he had a female friend move in and my electric bill has doubled plus some... Read more »
From what you've said, it does seem that the landlord is violating the lease, and potentially state laws (namely, by taking cash payments without a receipt given and increasing rent without notice). You should probably speak with an attorney- a lot will depend on what your lease says exactly, and...Read more »
If the lease requires the landlord to pay utilities, then that is what they have to do. It is unlikely that your lease allows the landlord to unilaterally terminate the lease early- so if you don't want to do that, don't agree to early termination. It might be advisable to send the landlord a...Read more »
We moved out prior to the lease contract ending. The statute give 45 days for an itemized list or the landlord forfeits the right to hold the security deposit. The statute specifically notes "end of tenancy" for the 45 day mark. If we went off the end of the lease, the landlord sent it to us on the... Read more »
Provided that you gave appropriate notice of moving out, the 45 day limit would apply from the end of the tenancy (in this case, the same day as the move-out). However, the landlord being one day late on the list is going to be a pretty weak technical argument. You can try that argument, but you...Read more »
You might consider filing a rent escrow action in the local district court. One of the possible remedies the court could order is early termination of the lease. But you have to show that the apartment/house is uninhabitable- or a threat to your health/safety. It would at least get the...Read more »
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