All states are mandated by Federal law to include certain information in their Lease/Rental Agreements. For example, all agreements should include:
- The contact information and names of both landlord and tenant,
- The address of the property,
- Pet prohibitions and allowances,
- Information regarding lead-based hazards,
- The amount of rent and security deposit due,
- The date and location of when and where the rent is to be paid
Not all states will have identical Lease/Rental Agreement requirements and often differ on some important issues.
Familiarizing yourself with Maryland’s specific rules and regulations will help ensure you create a thorough and comprehensive Lease Agreement. Doing so will help protect your financial and legal rights, and may help prevent future hassle or even a future lawsuit.
1. Maryland Residential Lease Agreement Sample
The sample lease agreement below describes a contract between “Landlord” Clara Thomas and “Tenant” Eliza Harrow. She agrees to rent an apartment in Baltimore for $1,000 per month for a fixed term beginning on June 20, 2017 and ending on June 20, 2018. The tenant agrees to pay for all utilities and services for the Premises.
This is a good example of what provisions a simple Maryland lease agreement might contain, and how one should look in its final form.
2. Maryland Landlord and Tenant Laws
Maryland imposes specific and distinct requirements for landlords and tenants when executing a Lease/Rental Agreement. For example, Maryland statute provides for the following:
- A landlord is allowed to require up to two (2) months’ rent from a tenant for a security deposit. (Md Real Property Code, 8–203(b)(1))
Landlord Right of Entry:
- Although Maryland law does not require a landlord to give notice before entering the premises, it is highly recommended they do so. (No statute)
Additionally, Maryland law requires: