When both sides appear: the Court will hear both sides of a case and make a decision. If the landlord wins, the Court will enter a “Judgment for Possession,” or often referred to as “Judgment Landlord.” On some occasions, if there was personal service (see Eviction Glossary of Terms) on the tenant, the Court may also issue a money judgment in the amount of rent and costs due. This is not the norm.
When the landlord fails to appear: the Court will most likely dismiss the case.
When the tenant fails to appear: the Court will most likely enter a judgment in favor of the landlord.
Yes, up to 5% in Maryland. It has to be written in the lease that the tenant has signed.
To best prepare your case, we need the following:
- A copy of the Lease for which you are filing.
- A copy of the Tenant Ledger (see Glossary of Eviction Terms), from the start of Tenant occupancy to the current date.
- A copy of the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) Lead Inspection Certificate if your property was built before 1978 (with a valid date for the current tenant in place).
- A copy of the city registration or county license depending on jurisdiction of your property (if applicable)
- A copy of the completed DOD Military Service Verification. This is
federallaw, and district courts are now enforcing this requirement. The tenant SS#, or Birth date, and Last Name are required to perform this verification.
- While not mandatory, generally it is helpful to know if you believe the tenant will likely contest the case, due to repairs, or some other reason. During the filing process, there is an opportunity provide a short narrative of the events that led to this
filing,and be prepared to attach any supporting documentation for repairs, receiptsand invoices of vendor payments, etc.
If you are filing an individual case using our Filing Wizard, you will have an opportunity to upload the
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If your property was built before 1978, it must be registered, inspected, and renewed annually. See below from the MDE website:
- Residential rental properties built before 1978 are required to be registered and then renewed annually with Maryland Department of the Environment.
- Residential rental properties built after 1977 and properties that have a passing Lead Free inspection certificate are exempt.
- On or after January 1, 2015, all properties built prior to 1978 must have a new lead inspection certificate at each change of occupancy.
We recommend Landlords request a lead free test inspection. The inspector will tell you what requires remediation to qualify for a lead free certification. Lead free certification significantly reduces risk of liability. Reference our Blog post regarding the severance of liability protection from the Lead Risk Reduction Act. If the lead free certification remiation is cost prohibitive, the inspector will be able to present alternatives, such as Full Risk Reduction, Modified Risk Reduction, or Lead Safe category.
Not necessarily. It is not required as an individual landlord representing your own property. Corporations and certain other business entities must have an attorney. Rent Court Manager provides an attorney to represent you in court on your behalf because our intent is to serve your best interest. Keep in mind, your tenant may have attorney representation from various legal aid sources; the attorney from Rent Court Manager will be prepared to argue your case with the information you have provided.