Your home should be a place where you feel comfortable and safe. But that sense of security can be shaken when an eviction notice shows up on your door or when the landlord won’t fix the leaky roof or plumbing issue. If you’re worried about your housing, you can call the Public Justice Center for help. In many cases, our lawyers and paralegals can help you understand your rights and find a solution.
This page provides information on the eviction process in Baltimore City, but it is not legal advice. The Public Justice Center provides free legal assistance, depending on capacity, to 1) renters in Baltimore City who are facing eviction or have questions about their rights; and 2) renters statewide whose landlords are in foreclosure. Please call us at 410-625-9409 for more information. If you are a renter outside of Baltimore City and your landlord is not in foreclosure, please contact the Maryland Court Help Center or another nonprofit legal services provider.
There are many reasons why a landlord may try to evict a tenant, with failure to pay rent being the most common. The eviction process begins when a landlord sends a notice to the tenant threatening an eviction or files a complaint against a tenant and notice of the complaint, including a court date, is posted at the tenant’s home. You can find more information about the eviction process in Baltimore City for failure to pay rent after the Court has entered a judgment in this brochure. Give us a call with any questions. We can help you figure out if you have a defense.
The yellow notice may be a failure to pay rent complaint, which landlords send when they believe that a tenant has not paid the rent by the due date. Click here for a picture that explains what each part of the notice means. It includes the date and time when your case will be heard in court, the amount the landlord says that you owe, and other information about your case. Give us a call, and we can talk with you about next steps to defend yourself, but please do not miss your court date!
Yes! The judge will only hear your side of the story if you are there.
If your landlord fails to timely make repairs to conditions that threaten your life, health and safety, after you gave the landlord notice of the problems, you may file an action for rent escrow in the District Court. You may ask the court to reduce the amount of rent you owe and pay your money into court until the repairs are made, among other things. Call us for help with filling out the complaint before withholding your rent.
If a tenant requests a receipt for the rent, the landlord is required to provide one.
The landlord is required to provide a copy of your lease. Upon request, landlords are required to provide receipts, as well as a ledger that records your payments. Having these documents when you call the PJC will help us better understand your case.
Most tenants have the right to remain in the property for a period of time after a foreclosure sale. Please call us to learn more about your rights.
We can’t help you pay the rent, but we can help you understand your rights. We can help figure out how much time you have before an eviction and help you raise defenses at a rent court hearing. You may want to call 211 (First Call for Help) about available resources to pay the rent.