Lawyer to Help with Wrongful and Illegal Evictions in Maryland
If you have been illegally evicted, we can help. Whitney, LLP’s illegal and wrongful eviction lawyers help tenants who lose their homes and are victimized by bad landlords. A property manager or landlord that performs an illegal eviction is predatory and heartless, and can be held accountable through the legal system. Tenants who are illegally evicted may recover significant compensation, including for lost and damaged personal property and compensation for emotional distress. If you are forced out of your home or your legal rights are infringed, you can fight back with a lawsuit, sue for wrongful eviction and recover compensation and damages.
We represent tenants in illegal and wrongful evictions lawsuits across Maryland, including Baltimore City, Columbia, Greenbelt, Laurel and Waldorf.
Lawyer Near Me to Sue the Landlord for Illegal Eviction
Whitney, LLP files lawsuits against landlords for wrongful evictions. To begin the process, we offer Free Legal Consultations to tenants who have been illegally evicted. If you have been illegally evicted and your rights have been ignored or violated, call (410) 583-8000 for your Free Consultation.
After an initial phone call, our attorneys begin to gather the information we need to analyze your claim, including a lease if one exists, any letters, emails or texts the landlord sent you about the apartment, and any photographs or videos you have of your possessions and apartments before and after you were evicted. At Whitney, LLP, a lawyer for wrongful eviction is ready to help you.
If we accept your case, there are no out-of-pocket expenses, with attorney’s fees and expenses paid out of compensation we recover. We understand that your finances are probably limited after being evicted, and we do not create any additional financial burdens for you.
Can a Tenant Sue Their Landlord for Wrongful Eviction?
Yes, tenants can due landlords for wrongful and illegal evictions. Wrongful eviction claims can be brought by a tenant who was illegally evicted, even if the tenant was late on rent or in other breach of the lease. A landlord must following the law before and while proceeding with an eviction. If they do not, tenants can sue.
You have legal rights when you are evicted illegally, and Whitney, LLP’s landlord-tenant eviction lawyers can help. We have sued many, many landlords in Maryland who treat their tenants terribly, and have recovered significant compensation for those clients. Filing lawsuits for wrongful evictions is a service we offer to our clients.
No one wants to be evicted from the place they call home. Eviction can present many problems for families, especially when your household includes elderly adults, infants and young children. You may find yourself with very little time to find a new place to live.
Tenants need to know that laws exist in Maryland to protect you from illegal eviction. Your legal rights in wrongful evictions protect you from landlords who fail to follow proper legal processes for eviction, and failure of a landlord to follow these laws means that you could be eligible for compensation. While compensation cannot undo the distress and hardship caused by an eviction, it will allow you to begin to get back on a path to normality.
You Can Recover Compensation for Illegal Evictions
Moving is a stressful experience, and being suddenly and illegally evicted is much, much worse. Whitney, LLP illegal eviction lawyers can help recover compensation for the emotional distress caused by illegal evictions.
The stress of coming home to a surprisingly empty apartment, with all of your belongings gone, is a reality that too many tenants are subject too when a landlord decides to force a tenant to leave. Other clients have been woken up early in the morning by a loud banging on the door, only to find strange men waiting outside who walk in and start to move all of their personal property into the front yard. These barbaric and illegal evictions by heartless landlords are extremely invasive and stressful.
In addition to the emotional distress, there is often an immediate loss of personal property that will need to eventually be replaced. Property loss can be recovered as part of compensation for illegal evictions.
Tenants who are illegally evicted are often left with no where to sleep, and are forced to stay in expensive hotel rooms until they can get back on their feet. Many families find themselves staying in long-term stay hotels, which can quickly exhaust any savings. Economic losses related to evictions such as short term housing costs can be recovered as part of compensation for illegal evictions.
Examples of Illegal Evictions in Maryland
A landlord who does not follow the legal process for eviction might attempt to keep tenants out of a home using “self-help.” Self-help for evictions is illegal in Maryland.
Several examples of illegal self-help evictions used by dishonest Maryland landlords and property managers include:
- sending fraudulent letters claiming that an eviction has been scheduled on a certain date, although it has not been;
- changing the locks on the doors while the tenants are away or at work;
- removing a tenant’s belongings and placing them on the curb;
- turning off utilities to force tenants to leave.
- evicting a tenant without following legal procedures and without going to Court;
- retaliating against a tenant by evicting them for filing a complaint with Code Enforcement, the Department of Health, or another government agency.
Legal Rights for Victims of Wrongful Evictions
If you are late paying your rent, the landlord can begin court proceedings in District Court, including asking the court for a court order to evict you. There is a standard form used by landlords to file late rent and eviction requests. This form explains the reason for the eviction and provides information about the landlord, the tenant, and the property. The landlord pays a filing fee, and a court date is assigned. After the landlord completes these steps, a summons is issued to the tenant, and includes a court date. On the day of the trial, the landlord must bring complete information to court as evidence that rent has not been paid and to support their request for an eviction.
You can usually stop the eviction by paying your rent in full and paying any fees associated with the eviction, including court costs, before the eviction occurs. It is essential to keep your lease and rent receipts on file because you can use that information if you are required to go to court.
Regardless of the reason for the court hearing, whether on late rent or eviction, show up for court on time and present your side of the story. If you do not show up to court, even if you think the case is not strong against you, you will almost certainly lose.
In addition to failing to pay rent, a landlord can evict you for failing to move after your lease has ended. Remaining in the property past the end of the lease agreement is known as holding over. Breaching a lease agreement is another reason a landlord can pursue eviction. Examples of lease breaches include allowing more people to live in the dwelling than permitted by the lease or engaging in activities that threaten the safety of others.
Even if the tenant has not paid rent, is holding over, or is in breach, the landlord cannot take matters into their own hands and perform an illegal eviction. A court order issued by the District Court is necessary. Without following the legal procedure to get a court order, and following all other legal procedures, an eviction is illegal, and the tenant has serious legal rights to fight back.
Whitney, LLP’s illegal eviction lawyers can help tenants who are victims of wrongful evictions.
A Court Order is Necessary for an Eviction
In Maryland, a landlord must request a court order called a “Warrant for Restitution” before proceeding with an eviction. If the court does not grant the Warrant for Restitution, then the eviction cannot proceed.
When the court issues a Warrant for Restitution, the landlord typically has 60 days to proceed the eviction. If the 60 days expires, the landlord needs to go to court again and go through the entire process.
A Lawyer for Wrongful Eviction Can Help You
Fighting eviction, whether illegal or legal, can be intimidating. Landlords know that tenants often cannot afford an attorney and take advantage. However, Whitey, LLP’s tenant attorney’s provide representation for tenants who are evicted. All attorney’s fees and expenses are paid from compensation recovered from the property owner or manager who was responsible for the illegal and wrongful eviction.
Whitney, LLP’s landlord-tenant lawyers for eviction have the expertise to fight for the compensation you deserve.
We offer Free Consultations to wrongfully evicted tenants in Baltimore and other cities throughout Maryland. Stop worrying about being homeless because of wrongful eviction, and get legal representation to fight back. Call Whitney, LLP today at 410) 583-8000 or use our Quick Contact Form.