Advocacy Campaigns, Legal, and Legislative Issues

Maryland Attorney General and Westminster Management Settlement Agreement

The Maryland Attorney General 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 tenants. The Read more about Maryland Attorney General and Westminster Management Settlement Agreement[…]

Questions and Answers for Maryland Landlords and Tenants

Did You Know? Maryland is a “Pay-and-Stay” State

Maryland is one of the few states nationwide that gives tenants the right to pay all of the money owed after an eviction has been filed, and stay in the home — even right up to the time the sheriff or constable shows up to carry out the eviction. The landlord is required to accept Read more about Did You Know? 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[…]

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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![…]

Advocacy Campaigns, Legal, and Legislative Issues

Baltimore City Lease Renewal Law

As of July 20, 2021, a new Baltimore City lease renewal law went into effect, where a landlord must renew a tenant’s lease unless a “good cause” exists to terminate the landlord-tenant relationship. The new law is the result of a loophole in the eviction ‘moratorium’ that allowed landlords to decline lease renewals for existing Read more about Baltimore City Lease Renewal Law[…]

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. This 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

Prince George’s County Additional Tenant Protection Legislation

Prince George’s County passed legislation that includes additional tenant protections, including: prohibits rent increases suspends penalties and late fees for renters are in arrears due to COVID-related job loss/income loss prohibits foreclosures, evictions, lock-outs, and the threat of evictions. The additional protections will expire 90 days after the the Governor’s state of emergency is lifted. Read more about Prince George’s County Additional Tenant Protection Legislation[…]