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New for 2023: The Tenant Guide!

Really excited to be able to share our new Tenant Guide with everyone. Finding a new rental in Maryland can be a challenge, especially in 2023, and we’ve distilled a lot of tips and tricks into one easy-to-use guide. It includes information on: How to find a good rental How to calculate affordability Things to Read more about New for 2023: The Tenant Guide![…]

Questions and Answers for Maryland Landlords and Tenants

Breaking Your Lease

Maryland landlord-tenant law allows for very few reasons to break their lease without penalty, since a lease is a binding legal contract between both parties, and cannot be changed without the consent of the other party. However, some leases have a clause that provides a way for tenants to cancel. Commonly, this might require 60 Read more about Breaking Your Lease[…]

Advocacy Campaigns, Legal, and Legislative Issues

Maryland OAG and Westminster Management Settlement Agreement

The Maryland Attorney General (Maryland OAG) and Westminster Management have reached a settlement agreement that requires Westminster to return excessive application fees; improper agent fees, writ fees, and court costs charged in summary ejectment actions; small credit balances that were improperly retained by the company; and security deposit interest that was not paid to vacating Read more about Maryland OAG and Westminster Management Settlement Agreement[…]

Questions and Answers for Maryland Landlords and Tenants

Maryland is a “Pay-and-Stay” State

Maryland tenants have the right to pay all money owed after an eviction has been filed, and stay in the home. This applies even when the sheriff or constable shows up to carry out the eviction. Even if the landlord still wants to evict you, the landlord is required to accept the money and allow Read more about Maryland is a “Pay-and-Stay” State[…]

Advocacy Campaigns, Legal, and Legislative Issues

Maryland Counties With Rental Registration/Licensing Requirements

We get a lot of questions from both landlords and tenants about rental licensing and/or registration. The jurisdictions below are where most of our registration and licensing questions originate from. This list is by no means complete — please do your research if you’re a landlord or tenant, and contact your local planning, zoning, or Read more about Maryland Counties With Rental Registration/Licensing Requirements[…]

Advocacy Campaigns, Legal, and Legislative Issues

New Tenant-Focused Maryland Laws

(Links open a PDF version of the bill text). HB 932/ SB 592: This emergency bill goes into effect immediately and affects renters with failure to pay rent judgments entered against them. While renters can generally stay in their homes if they pay off rent owed plus late fees, this law clarifies that this right Read more about New Tenant-Focused Maryland Laws[…]

Advocacy Campaigns, Legal, and Legislative Issues

New Maryland Laws!

Maryland’s new laws went into effect October 1. Here are some important laws that will affect tenants and landlords: LANDLORD–TENANT – NONRENEWAL OF LEASE – NOTICE REQUIREMENTS Altering the period of time prior to the expiration of a tenancy that a landlord is required to notify a tenant, in writing, of the intent to terminate Read more about New Maryland Laws![…]

Questions and Answers for Maryland Landlords and Tenants

UPDATED: Maryland COVID Rental Assistance Programs by County

Important: As each county and Baltimore City have their own eligibility requirements and applications, please contact them with questions, or visit the websites listed. Also, funding for these programs is limited, and may not be available when you apply. Some counties have a wait list, others close and reopen as more funding becomes available. Most Read more about UPDATED: Maryland COVID Rental Assistance Programs by County[…]

Advocacy Campaigns, Legal, and Legislative Issues

Baltimore City Rental Property Inspection, Licensing, and Registration Law

Non owner-occupied properties in Baltimore City are required to be registered with the City. Additionally, non owner-occupied rental properties also have to be inspected and licensed, in addition to the registration requirement. This law went into effect in 2018, and applies to single-family homes as well as multifamily properties (apartments), rental condos, etc. A landlord Read more about Baltimore City Rental Property Inspection, Licensing, and Registration Law[…]

Advocacy Campaigns, Legal, and Legislative Issues

Urgent: Tell your state delegates: YES to the Tenant Protection Act HB 744

The Housing/Real Property Subcommittee will vote TODAY on HB 744, Tenant Protection Act. The amended bill brings renter and landlord interests together on 3 new statewide protections for Marylanders, in an effort to balance the power dynamic between landlords and tenants: Utility bill transparency: Have you ever wondered why the landlord billed you a certain Read more about Urgent: Tell your state delegates: YES to the Tenant Protection Act HB 744[…]