Topics on this page:
- Failure to Pay Rent
- Water, electricity or other utilities
- Filing Documents
- Filing Deadlines
A “stay” means a pause or postponement. The District Court is not hearing failure to pay rent cases. Existing matters are stayed, and new cases will be stayed after they are filed.
All pending home eviction orders have also been stayed. That means that you cannot be evicted from your home during the emergency. In addition, sheriff’s departments in most Maryland counties have been ordered not to conduct evictions that have already been authorized during the present emergency.
Governor Larry Hogan has issued an order requiring that the court cannot issue a judgment for possession or warrant for restitution (the documents required before you can be evicted) if the tenant can show they suffered a loss of income due to the COVID-19 virus or the state of emergency.
- This includes substantial loss of income due to job loss, reduction in compensated hours of work, or the need to miss work to care for a school-aged child.
- This is a temporary order that ends when Maryland's state of emergency and catastrophic emergency is rescinded.
- This order applies to residential tenants, not commercial tenants.
- This order does not waive rent payments.
- Landlords have remedies other than eviction, such as actions for money judgments.
Individuals can file court documents and start new cases but no hearings will be scheduled while courts are closed.
Governor Larry Hogan has issued an order requiring that no electric, gas, sewage disposal, telephone, water, cable, or internet provider can terminate your service if it is being used in your home, until the health emergency is over.
A company providing those services cannot charge you a late fee during the health emergency.
The court will continue to accept documents filed electronically through MDEC, by mail, and in person. If you plan to file in person, all courts have a drop box. Contact the individual court for more information on where and how to use the drop box.
During this emergency, the filing date will be considered as follows:
- MDEC filings: the date of submission.
- Mailed filings: the postmark date.
- Drop box filings: The previous business day, unless there is a timestamp on the drop box.
Filing deadlines and statutes of limitations still apply and are not affected by court closures.