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General Landlord/Tenant Articles
This law provides standards for the protection of consumers, including tenants and prospective tenants of residential property.
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.
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.
This law provides for eviction and other remedies if any property, residential or commercial, including mobile homes, is being used for drug-related activity.
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.
This article discusses the Maryland Accessibility Code, which provides certain rights to individuals with disabilities and their families when they rent living space.
Explanations of common lawsuits between Landlords and Tenants.
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.
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.
Lease option agreements give tenants the option of purchasing the property.
The law limits the amount of rent active military personnel have to pay if they are transferred.
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 apply only to residents and property in Anne Arundel County. The following does not apply to any other areas of Maryland.
Special laws for landlord/tenant issues
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.
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.
Laws that went into effect October 1, 2010 give victims of domestic violence in rental housing added protections.
This article describes the reasons to and how to get renter's insurance.
In March 2017, Montgomery County law changed to include more responsibilities for landlords. This article summarizes the changes.
Sharing an apartment with a friend or an acquaintance can be fun and economically worthwhile. Such sharing can also create some interesting problems.
This article includes a brief comparison of the types of rules that apply to tenants based on the type of government subsidy received.
This article defines what a security deposit is and what is required of tenants and landlords.
Questions and Answers from Maryland Legal Aid's Maryland Senior Legal Hotline
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.
Special Laws that apply to Montgomery County and cities within.
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 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.
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.
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.