Maryland Landlord Tenant Law Maryland Landlord Tenant Law

The Maryland landlord tenant law was enacted for the purpose of specifying the rights and duties of all parties of a Maryland residential lease agreement. offers basic information pertaining to the provisions of the landlord tenant law Maryland passed in 1971.

The following is a list of some of the rights and obligations of both the landlord and the tenant under the landlord tenant laws in Maryland. This information is only a partial list of information.

Tenant Rights

• A tenant has the right to a safe and sanitary home. Tenants have the right to notify the landlord of violations and withhold rent until they are remedied.

• A tenant has the right to obtain written receipts for rent and deposits.

• A tenant has the right to privacy, peace, and quiet.

• A tenant has the right to be notified by the landlord first before the landlord can enter the premises. Entry by a landlord for repairs and inspections must be at reasonable times.

• A tenant has the right to receive written notice of changes in lease terms. Tenants must be given 30- day written notice of any change in a month-to-month oral rental agreement.

• A tenant has to right to have repairs made within a reasonable amount of time after requested in writing (the city or county may have an ordinance specifying the time that a landlord has to make certain repairs).

• A tenant has the right to remain in the property until legally evicted by a court order. Landlords do not have the right to lock tenants out of the property.

Tenant Responsibilities

• A tenant must pay the rent on time and in full.

• A tenant must take reasonable care of property and must leave the property in the same condition that was when received, less normal wear and tear, when they vacate it.

• A tenant must notify the landlord in writing when vacating the property for an extended period of time.

• A tenant must inform a landlord of needed repairs, in writing.

• A tenant must be considerate of other renters and neighbors by keeping the noise level down.

• A tenant must abide by the lease agreement terms unless a court determines that all or part of the lease is illegal and becomes null and void.

• A tenant must give a 30-day written notice before the end of the rental term, even if a lease has defaulted to month-to-month.

Landlord Rights

• Landlords should receive full payment of the rent on time, so long as the rental property is kept in good condition.

• Landlords have the right to receive notice when tenants are leaving town for an extended period of time.

• Landlords have the right to a 30-day written notice before a month-to- month tenant moves, unless the rental agreement specifies another notice period.

Landlord Responsibilities

• Landlords must comply with all health and building codes that apply to the rental property.

• Landlords must make requested repairs promptly.

• Landlords must give the tenants a 24-hour written notice prior to entering their home, except in emergencies, as defined by law.

• Landlords must maintain peace and quiet and ensure that tenants can live on the property in peace, without unreasonable disturbances from landlord or other tenants.

• Landlords must give a 30-day written notice of any changes in a month-to-month agreement, such as rent increases, unless there is a written rental agreement which specifies a longer notice period. If there is a longer notice period, landlords must give written notice of any changes in compliance with the longer period of time in the written agreement.

• Landlords must abide by the lease agreement.

• If an eviction is necessary, landlords must follow the legal (statutory) eviction process set out in Title 8, SubTitle 4 Sec 402.2 of the Maryland Code.

The information provided in this article is meant to give landlords and tenants in the state of Maryland a better understanding of the MD landlord tenant laws. For additional information regarding this Title, or to see a copy of this Title, visit the website of the Maryland Bar Association on behalf of the Maryland Attorney General. On this website, you will find a publication covering the Landlord and Tenant Guidelines for the State of Maryland which you can download at no cost. If you have additional questions or have a landlord or tenant issue, be sure to consult an attorney for legal advice. All of the laws pertaining to landlords and tenants can change from time to time so be sure you have the latest information.

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