Maryland Tenant Resources
Listed below are various legal resources for Maryland tenants. Although Maryland state law no longer discriminates against pit bull-type dogs and their owners, some Maryland residents may still experience discrimination from landlords in the wake of the 2012 Tracey v. Solesky court ruling—even though that ruling was overturned in 2014.
Maryland’s Office of the Attorney General, through its Consumer Protection Division, offers assistance to tenants with disputes with landlords. The following link provides basic information, as well as phone numbers to the Consumer Protection Division branch offices and various private, non-profit Legal Aid offices throughout the state. www.oag.state.md.us/Consumer/landlords.htm
The District Court of Maryland handles landlord/tenant disputes, including actions for eviction. An action for eviction must satisfy legal requirements and go through the court system. Many individuals choose to represent themselves in District Court. The District Court Self-Help Center provides limited legal services, including help with completing forms and preparing for court, for people not represented by an attorney.
Maryland’s People’s Law Library is an excellent source for legal information on landlord/tenant issues.
The University of Maryland publishes an online landlord tenant manual for its graduate students. While the legal aid services referenced are only available to students, the manual provides good general information about tenants’ rights.
Maryland’s Landlord Tenant laws can be found here. Bear in mind that many Maryland counties and Baltimore City have different landlord/tenant laws that may provide additional protections or require that you follow different procedures.
The following groups may be able to provide pro-bono legal assistance in housing disputes:
The information contained on this website is provided for informational purposes only and should not be constructed as legal advice on any subject matter.