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[…]

Questions and Answers for Maryland Landlords and Tenants

Howard County to offer rental assistance to those affected by COVID

Howard County will be offering rental assistance to those tenants who were affected by COVID-related job loss/reduction in hours. Please download this flyer for more information and where to go to apply. (Link opens a PDF). The program opens July 6. You must contact one of the providers on the flyer for an application.

Advocacy Campaigns, Legal, and Legislative Issues

Maryland Eviction Moratorium Updates

From the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development: The Maryland Judiciary has released an administrative order outlining the reopening of the judicial branch of the Maryland government in five phases. (Link opens a PDF) While the courts intend to use this as their plan to reopen, they recognize that dates may change depending on Read more about Maryland Eviction Moratorium Updates[…]

Questions and Answers for Maryland Landlords and Tenants

COVID-19 Information for Residents, Business Owners, and Property Managers/Rental Housing Providers

National Information The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has extended the eviction and foreclosure moratorium on properties with Enterprise-backed mortgages until at least June 30. See the links immediately below to check if your property has one of these mortgages. Under the CARES Act, renters living in a property with an Enterprise-backed mortgage are covered Read more about COVID-19 Information for Residents, Business Owners, and Property Managers/Rental Housing Providers[…]

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 this week were about security deposits, and the difference between normal wear and tear vs damage. A few landlords were asking 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 Read more about Damage vs Normal Wear and Tear[…]