Landlord Tenant Law Blog

Local Differences in Maryland Tenant Holding Over Laws

A tenant is considered holding over when he or she does not vacate a rental property at the end of the lease term or upon lease termination. In these cases, the tenant is typically liable to the landlord for all damages caused by the holding over. At the very least, the tenant is responsible for

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Should You Accept Section 8 Vouchers? Pros and Cons for Landlords

While landlords in Maryland have found The Housing Choice Voucher Program, also known as Section 8, to be a valuable option for attracting reliable tenants and filling unoccupied units there are pitfalls that landlords should be aware of. How Section 8 Works Section 8 is a federal subsidy funded by the US Department of Housing

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Maryland Evictions and Rent Escrow

Failure to pay rent when it is due is the most common reason evictions occur in Maryland. Maryland laws typically support landlords in eviction cases but tenants do have protected rights. To evict a tenant, the landlord must first give notice to the tenant. Maryland law does not specify a notice period so notice may

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Don’t Forget Your Deposit

Moving out can be an exciting but stressful time. Even after the actual moving part is over, there can sometimes be problems. One common problem is the landlord’s failure to send back the security deposit. When you’ve done all that was required as far as cleaning, shampooing carpets, scrubbing surfaces and removing all personal items…you

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What to Do If You’re Unhappy with Tenancy in Baltimore

While most families or individuals moving into rental properties plan to stay for the duration of the lease that was signed, if the property is unsafe or unacceptable that might not be possible. If you find yourself unhappy with tenancy in Baltimore and management is dragging out repairs and remedies for the situation, you need

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Before You Sign Your Lease

Are you moving this spring? Have you been accepted into college or a graduate program that requires relocation or apartment living? Before you pack the moving truck and mark your calendar, you need to review your lease and purchase renter’s insurance. Why are these two seemingly-unimportant steps so essential to the moving process? Reviewing Lease

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What You Should Know About Failure to Return Security Deposit Cases

Are you moving this spring? If you put down a security deposit at the start of your lease, all or a portion of it might be headed back your way after you move out and complete the final walkthrough. However, one of the most common causes of tenant-landlord disputes is a failure to return the

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What to Expect in Maryland Rent Court

You’ve received notice that you’re expected to appear in rent court, so where do you go from here? It’s important to understand the rent court and eviction process if you are a tenant facing eviction. The Eviction Process If any tenant fails to pay rent in a timely fashion and according to the terms defined

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