A Maryland lease agreement is a legal document between a landlord and their tenant(s) that outlines the terms and conditions for renting property. Selecting a reliable tenant is an important task, so ensure you check your tenant’s rental and credit history to minimize risk when entering a lease agreement.
Required Lease Disclosures
Maryland imposes specific requirements for landlords and tenants when executing a lease agreement. For example, Title 8, Code of Maryland requires the following:
- Ratio Utility Billing System – The disclosure applies to landlords who use a ratio utility billing system for one or more utilities (§ 8-212.4).
- Rental inspection checklist – A landlord must notify a tenant of their right to have the property inspected by the landlord before the tenant moves in and after the lease ends. The tenant has the right to be present while the itemized list of damages is made with a rental inspection checklist. The inspection must take place within five days before the tenant’s lease commencement and end.
- The landlord must provide a receipt for the security deposit (§ 8-203.1).
- The name, address, and contact number of the landlord and anyone else authorized to accept notice or service of process on behalf of the landlord need to be included in the agreement (§ 8-210).
- The agreement has to include a statement confirming that the property will be in a condition that permits habitation (§ 8-208).
- Lead-paint disclosure – Applies to rental properties built before 1978 (Title 42 U.S. Code § 4852(d)).
A landlord is allowed to require up to two months’ rent from a tenant for a security deposit (§ 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).
A tenant may terminate the lease early in cases of sexual abuse, sexual assault, or domestic violence (§ 8-5A-02).
The Maryland residential lease agreement template below defines all necessary rental terms.