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

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[…]

Advocacy Campaigns, Legal, and Legislative Issues

HUD Announces Guidance on Reasonable Accommodations Under the Fair Housing Act Regarding Assistance Animals

From the press release issued today, January 28, 2020: The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing against individuals who have disabilities that affect a major life activity. The Act requires housing providers to permit a change or exception to a rule, policy, practice, or service that may be necessary to provide people with disabilities Read more about HUD Announces Guidance on Reasonable Accommodations Under the Fair Housing Act Regarding Assistance Animals[…]

Questions and Answers for Maryland Landlords and Tenants

“My Landlord Won’t Make Repairs, Now What?”: A Rent Escrow Primer

We get quite a few inquiries from tenants who are living in unimaginable circumstances. No heat or hot water in the winter, basements and walls covered in black mold, leaky roof, flooded basements, even a collapsed ceiling or two, and they’ve contacted the landlord to ask about repairs and maintenance. Their circumstances may vary, but Read more about “My Landlord Won’t Make Repairs, Now What?”: A Rent Escrow Primer[…]

Questions and Answers for Maryland Landlords and Tenants

Damage vs Normal Wear and Tear

A lot of our tenant inquiries are about security deposits, and the difference between normal wear and tear vs damage. A few landlords have asked about it, too, so it seemed a topic worth investigating further. The good news: There is a difference. The bad news: Nobody can really agree on what the difference is. Read more about Damage vs Normal Wear and Tear[…]