If granted your Warrant of Restitution, special notice requirements apply in Baltimore City.
Step-by-Step Eviction Notification in Baltimore City
The landlord has to notify the tenant of the scheduled eviction date two separate ways:
- Mail the notice by first class mail with a certificate of mailing at least 14 days in advance of the eviction date; and
- Post the notice on the premises at least 7 days in advance of the eviction date.
Landlords must post the notice on the front door of the rental unit so in a way the tenant cannot miss it. Keep a copy of the notice, the certificate of mailing, and a signed affidavit from the person who posted the premises. This evidence will be expected to be presented to the Sheriff at the time of eviction. If the notification requirements is challenged, it can be presented to the Judge.
What the Notice Must Say:The notice must contain all factual and pertinent information related to the case. It must have the District Court case number and the scheduled date of eviction. It must have language that the eviction will occur on that date unless the tenant moves out or pays the amount ordered by the court to redeem with appropriate warnings that their property will be abandoned. The attached “Notice to Tenant of Eviction Date” is an example of a form a landlord may use to provide the required information by the court.
How to Count the Days:
The day of mailing or posting is Day 1. Holidays and weekends are counted in between. Day 14 must be the day before the scheduled date of eviction.
More details can be found on the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office Landlords: Eviction Procedures document.
*Note: These notice provisions do not apply to evictions for breach of lease, nuisance, tenant holding over, or wrongful detainer.
Want to learn more? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Evictions for Landlords in Maryland