Lawyer for Wrongful Evictions in Maryland
If you have been wrongfully or illegally evicted, we can help. Whitney, LLP’s tenant lawyers have experience representing tenants who are victimized by bad landlords. A landlord that performs an illegal eviction is heartless, and can be held accountable through the legal system.
If you are like many of the 600,000 residents who live in Baltimore, you enjoy what the city has to offer, including the Inner Harbor, the Ravens, the Orioles and plenty of good food. When you have found a place to call home in Baltimore or other Maryland cities, you should be able to live peacefully. When your legal rights are infringed, you can fight back with a lawsuit.
How do I Sue for Wrongful Eviction?
Whitney, LLP sues for wrongful evictions. To begin the process, we offer Free Legal Consultations to tenants who have been illegally evicted. That is why at Whitney, LLP, a lawyer for wrongful eviction is ready to help you.
If you have been illegally evicted and your rights have been ignored or violated, call (410) 583-8000 for your Free Consultation. If we accept your case, there are no out-of-pocket expenses, and attorney’s fees and expenses are 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.
I Got Evicted, What Can I do?
You have legal rights when you are evicted illegally, and Whitney, LLP 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. If you are thinking, “I got evicted, and I have no place to go,” you need to know that laws exist in Maryland to protect you. Your legal rights for 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.
Examples of Illegal Eviction 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.”
Several examples of illegal self help evictions include:
- 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, and
- the Department of Health, or another government agency.
Your Legal Rights as a Tenant
If you are late paying your rent, the landlord can begin court proceedings to evict. You can stop the eviction by paying your rent in full and paying any fees associated with the eviction, including court costs, before the court date. 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 eviction, show up for court on time and present your side of the story. If you plan to appeal, make sure you do it within the timeframe specified by the court.
Under Maryland law, if a tenant violates a lease, the landlord must give the tenant a 30-day notice if the violation does not pose a safety threat. The law also requires the landlord to wait the full 30 days before taking the matter to court, or the tenant can challenge the eviction. When a lease violation is a safety threat, the landlord is required to give a 14-day notice of eviction. Until the court rules in the landlord’s favor, you may remain in your home. If the landlord wins the case, and you do not appeal, or refuse to move, a law enforcement officer can order you to move from the property.
If the judge rules in favor of the landlord, you still have the right to appeal; however, you must do so within the legal timeframes. If you do not appeal or the landlord wins, a sheriff will order you to leave and the landlord can remove your property from the dwelling if you fail to do so. A landlord-tenant lawyer for eviction can help you with an appeal.
When a Landlord Refuses to Make Repairs
Maryland law requires a landlord to ensure that a rental property has utilities including electricity, hot and cold running water, heat, lights, and proper sewage disposal. Landlords must repair any damage or structural problems that render the unit unsafe and treat the property for pest and insect infestations before the apartment is rented.
If you submit a written request to the landlord via certified mail for certain repairs or services for problems that put your health or safety at risk, the landlord may be responsible for addressing the issue.
The law does not cover defects that make a property unattractive but are not health and safety concerns. If a landlord fails to address health and safety issues after receiving a written request from a tenant, the tenant can pay rent to a court-managed escrow account until the landlord makes the repairs.
The Eviction Process for Failing to Pay Rent
A landlord does not need to provide notice of eviction if your rent is past due, but the law requires the landlord to file a failure to pay rent form with the District Court. 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. When the landlord completes these steps, a law enforcement officer contacts the tenant with a court date. On the day of the trial, the landlord must bring complete information to court. A tenant may continue living in the dwelling until the court orders an eviction.
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.
However, when a landlord evicts a tenant without following the law, the landlord can serious consequences, including being sued for property damage and emotional distress.
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 feel like they can take advantage due to that. However, Whitey, LLP’s tenant attorney’s provide representation for tenants who are evicted with no out-of-pocket costs. 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 can help you get the fair treatment and the compensation you deserve.
We offer free consultations to wrongfully evicted tenants in Baltimore and other cities throughout Maryland. You will not have to worry about any out-of-pocket fees or expenses. 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.
Whitney, LLP represents tenants in wrongful eviction cases throughout Maryland, including Baltimore, Columbia, Germantown, Silver Spring, Waldorf, Frederick, Ellicott City, Glen Burnie, Greenbelt, Laurel, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Bethesda, Dundalk, Towson, Bowie, Aspen Hill, Wheaton, North Bethesda, Severn, Bel Air, South Potomac, Catonsville, Odenton, Hagerstown, Essex, Woodlawn, Clinton, Annapolis, Severna Park, Chillum, Olney, Randallstown, Owings Mills, Montgomery Village, Pikesville and College Park.