Housing

General Housing Articles

Resources for finding a homeshare.
A “residential lease” is a contract between a landlord and a renter, giving the renter the right to live in a house or apartment. This article gives a brief outline of several common concepts having to do with residential leases, and the duties of landlords and renters.
How to raise your concerns at a Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals hearing in Baltimore City.

Homelessness

This article is a general description of a school's duties and the student's rights when a student is homeless.

Homeownership

When you decide to sell your home it is important to be sure that you have all of the information you need to make wise decisions. This Guide provides answers to some basic questions which come up when you decide to sell your home.
The purpose of this Guide is to provide some basic information about legal matters before you sign any contracts or pay out any money.
Predatory Lending and Flipping are two problems that can affect low income homebuyers, especially in Baltimore City.
Follow these 10 tips as you hire a building contractor.
The history of ground rent and how it affects Maryland homeowners.
Special issues and protections for mobile home owners who lease or rent a site for residential use and reside in a mobile home park.
Sometimes as people age, their physical abilities fail and may make it difficult, or even impossible, to stay in their homes without some changes or modifications to the home.
A table of options for resolving disputes with contractors
You can solve many of the problems with your neighbors by following a step-by-step plan. Some of the most common are noise, property boundaries, fences, trees or blighted property.
This article answers a number of frequently asked questions about neighbor disputes.
When a storm hits, damage from flooding, downed trees, and high winds are trouble for homeowners.
Special provisions in the law for evicting mobile home park residents, rent escrow, and damages for violations of the lease provisions.
Laws for when a mobile home changes hands or needs to move.
Mobile homes parks have specific laws for right of entry.
May I keep chickens on my property? What are the rules in my city or county?
This article describes a general process for giving away property rights to someone else for no money. For example, you may wish to make a gift of property, or you may wish to add a family member to your deed. You should be aware that simply adding someone to a property deed can have very different results depending on the exact words used in the new deed. If you are buying or selling property, it is important to get professional help.
Brief overview and available resources for homeowners facing tax sale
Section 8 tenants receive vouchers to cover the cost of rent or to pay reduced rent. Vouchers may also be used to buy a house.
This article describes the rights of a homeowner who lives in a homeowners association (HOA) or condominium (condo) in Maryland, when the HOA or condo says that the homeowner is violating rules.

Landlord/Tenant

Lease option agreements give tenants the option of purchasing the property.
This article defines what a security deposit is and what is required of tenants and landlords.
A lease is a contract. A minor is generally not bound by his or her contracts. This means that, if a minor enters into a contract, the law will allow the minor to "void" the contract.
All of the Maryland rules governing landlord and tenant relations in privately owned rentals also apply, however, there are some added protections that only apply to section 8, HUD, and public housing.
Landlords are responsible to collect and handle security deposits in strict compliance with the law, to maintain certain records and receipts, and to post or provide certain information for tenants.
The law limits the amount of rent active military personnel have to pay if they are transferred.
Holding Over is when a tenant continues to live in a premises after the lease has expired. When a landlord consents to a holdover tenant remaining on the premises, a new monthly or weekly tenancy is created.
The District Court is a useful tool for a tenant to use in obtaining the return of a security deposit and for a landlord to use in getting reimbursement for property damage or payment for lost rent. Sometimes, however, one will be awarded a judgment only to have the other party refuse to pay it.
People often wrongly assume that any discrimination by a landlord is illegal. “To discriminate” means simply to distinguish among available choices. Some of these distinctions are lawful; others are not.
The following laws and rules apply only to residents and property in Anne Arundel County. The following does not apply to any other areas of Maryland.
Special Laws that apply to Montgomery County and cities within.
The following laws and rules apply only to residents or property in Prince George’s County. Note that the following rules apply only to Prince George’s County, and do not apply to any other areas of Maryland.
Special laws for landlord/tenant issues
This law provides for eviction and other remedies if any property, residential or commercial, including mobile homes, is being used for drug-related activity.
This article describes the reasons to and how to get renter's insurance.
Federal and state law prohibits discrimination in the rental, sale, advertising and financing of housing on the basis of your race, color, religion, gender, national origin, family status.
This law provides standards for the protection of consumers, including tenants and prospective tenants of residential property.
The tax relief provided by this law is based on a calculation that includes your total income and the actual amount paid as occupancy rent.
This law provides that before any voluntary transfer of title, such as a sale, of a single-family residential rental property takes place, the tenant of that property has the right of first refusal to purchase it.
Sharing an apartment with a friend or an acquaintance can be fun and economically worthwhile. Such sharing can also create some interesting problems.
Leases are binding contracts between the landlord(s) and the tenant(s). Maryland law imposes certain conditions on that contract such as limiting late fees to 5% of a monthly rental payment, but in those areas where the law does not impose limits, the landlord and tenant are free to negotiate their own agreement.
One of the facts of life in a rental situation is that there is no substitute for a good landlord or a good tenant. Laws can define the relationship and the responsibilities of each party but there are always situations that are best resolved by being decent, courteous and fair.
The following laws and rules apply only to residents and property in Baltimore County.
This article includes a brief comparison of the types of rules that apply to tenants based on the type of government subsidy received.
Questions and Answers from Maryland Legal Aid's Maryland Senior Legal Hotline
Laws that went into effect October 1, 2010 give victims of domestic violence in rental housing added protections.
Special laws and rules apply only to residents and property in Baltimore County. Rules not covered here are covered by other Maryland law.
This article discusses the Maryland Accessibility Code, which provides certain rights to individuals with disabilities and their families when they rent living space.
A “residential lease” is a contract between a landlord and a renter, giving the renter the right to live in a house or apartment. This article gives a brief outline of several common concepts having to do with residential leases, and the duties of landlords and renters.
The following laws and rules about rental housing property apply specifically to residents and property in Baltimore County. Rules not covered here may be covered by other Maryland law.
In March 2017, Montgomery County law changed to include more responsibilities for landlords. This article summarizes the changes.
Explanations of common lawsuits between Landlords and Tenants.

Long-term Care

An ombudsman is a third party that acts to investigate and resolve complaints involving residents of long-term care facilities. The Ombudsman is an advocate whose goal is to promote the highest possible quality of life for residents.
Assisted living is a residential program that provides housing, supervision, personal care services, health related services, or a combination of these to residents who are unable to perform activities of daily living or who need help performing them.
Under the Medicaid Waiver, the federal government "waives" the requirement that services be provided in a nursing facility and pays for home and community based services for those who otherwise go to a nursing home.
Your treatment, care and services must be adequate, appropriate, and promote your social, emotional, physical and spiritual health. For example, you have a right to a service plan based on an assessment of your needs; you also have a right to three meals and additional snacks each day.
This article describes the rights that nursing home residents have under state and federal law and regulations.
This FAQ covers the rights of nursing home residents when the facility moves to discharge or transfer the resident.