Ridding Yourself of a Bad Tenant in Maryland

So the tenant renting your Maryland rental property has once again let another month go by without paying you a cent, or your tenant only gave you a small fraction of what they owe. You may have found them having their family members living there full time without you even knowing about it.

  • Friday, March 18, 2016

  General   Legal   Maryland   Eviction Guide   

So the tenant renting your Maryland rental property has once again let another month go by without paying you a cent, or your tenant only gave you a small fraction of what they owe. You may have found them having their family members living there full time without you even knowing about it. They might have adopted a pet Fido (or two or three) without ever mentioning it to you that they were doing so. They may have decided to have parties late at night, and trash your property or worse yet, completely destroy it. There are reasons a landlord may choose to evict a client.

There are many reasons a landlord may choose to evict a client, but the landlord has to know the laws in their state before they move to evict. Failure to find out what the laws are could result in a whole heap of trouble! So, read up and learn what your rights are as a landlord, and what protects your client and be in the know:

Failure to Pay Their Rent

Unlike many other states, in Maryland, a landlord does not have to give their tenant notice before they begin to file eviction proceedings for non-paying tenants. This means if a tenant fails to pay their rent the eviction notice can be filed soon as the next day. However, if the client chooses to pay all money due including late fees and court costs before the judge summons their case to court they can avoid the possibility of eviction.

Lease Violations

Another common complaint from landlords is a tenant that is violating the terms of their lease. This would include having forbidden animals on the premises or allowing people who aren't even on the lease to stay in the residence. The law in Maryland requires a 30-day notice for all tenants if the rules being broken do not harm others. If the violations harm others a 14-day notice is required. Only at that time can an eviction be filed with the court by the tenant's landlord.

To Begin the Eviction Process

To begin the eviction process in Maryland a landlord must file a complaint with the court in the jurisdiction which the residence is located. Any tenants who want to oppose evictions must appear at the set court date to do so. The judge will make the determination of the final decision that is to be adhered to by both the landlord and tenant.

Keep reading us at VerticalRent as we explore all U.S. eviction laws.

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