MARYLAND LANDLORD TENANT LAWS AND PROCESSES
MARYLAND LANDLORD TENANTLAWS AND PROCESSES

Do I need to go to court to evict my tenant?

Unless a tenant of a dwelling unit (i.e., a residential tenant) has voluntarily abandoned or surrendered the leased premises, a landlord may not take possession or threaten to take possession of a dwelling unit from a tenant or tenant holding over by locking the tenant out or any other action, including willful diminution of services to the tenant. While self-help is not recommended under any circumstances, self-help eviction is not prohibited to recover possession of leased premises upon termination of a commercial lease, “so long as repossession can be effected peacefully.” See K & K Mgmt., Inc. v. Lee, 316 Md. 137, 178, 557 A.2d 965, 985 (1989); Real Property § 8-216.

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