Wrongful and Illegal Eviction Lawyer in Maryland

If you were mistakenly evicted or illegally evicted, an illegal eviction lawyer can help you fight back. Whitney, LLP’s illegal eviction lawyers help tenants who lose their homes and wrongfully evicted by bad landlords.  A property manager or landlord that performs an illegal eviction is often negligent, predatory and heartless, and can be held accountable through the legal system with the help of an experienced illegal eviction lawyer.

Tenants who are illegally evicted may recover significant compensation, including for economic loss, lost and damaged personal property, items of sentimental value and compensation for emotional distress.

If you were mistakenly evicted or forced out of your home, you can fight back with a lawsuit, sue for wrongful eviction and recover compensation and damages.

Whitney, LLP represent tenants in illegal and wrongful evictions lawsuits across Maryland, including Annapolis, Baltimore, Columbia, Germantown, Silver Spring, Waldorf, Glen Burnie, Ellicott City, Frederick, Dundalk, and Rockville.  We offer Free Case Evaluations. 

Call Whitney, LLP today at 410) 583-8000 or use our Quick Contact Form.  We represent Maryland consumers in tenants in a variety of consumer claims when their legal rights are violated.  Read our blog here to learn about the cases we handle.

Know What Your Illegal Eviction Claim is Worth

To avoid the full extent of accountability, sneaky landlords often intentionally give poor advice to their tenants that they can “file in small claims court” when the landlord does something illegal to their tenant.

Be aware that illegal eviction claims are often significant legal matters and often not suitable to be filed in small claims.  Small claims court limits damages to $5,000 – know that, in the hands of an experienced illegal eviction lawyer, a wrongful eviction claim can often include seeking damages over $100,000, depending on the facts of the claim and the property damage, economic loss and emotional distress suffered by the victims.

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 Evaluations to tenants with wrongful eviction claims.

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.

If we accept your case, there are no out-of-pocket expenses, with attorney’s fees and expenses paid out of compensation we recover.

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Can a Tenant Sue Their Landlord for Wrongful Eviction?

Absolutely, yes, tenants can due landlords for wrongful and illegal evictions, and an experienced illegal eviction lawyer with Whitney, LLP can help. Wrongful eviction claims can be brought by a tenant who was mistakenly or 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 wrongful eviction lawyers can help. We have experience filing suit and recovering compensation against landlords who fail to obey Maryland law.  Filing lawsuits for wrongful evictions is a service we offer to our clients.

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, without financial resources, and scrambling from day to day.  Fortunately, you have legal rights and can fight back.

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.

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Significant Compensation for Illegal Evictions

  • Emotional distress
  • Property loss and damage
  • Irreplaceable sentimental items
  • Economic loss

Moving is a stressful experience, and being suddenly and illegally evicted is much, much worse. Whitney, LLP’s 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 mistakenly or wrongfully evicts a tenant.  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.  Often times, sentimental items such as photographs, journals and private documents are discarded as well.

Tenants who are illegally evicted are often left with no where to sleep, and are forced to stay in 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.

An experienced illegal eviction lawyer with Whitney, LLP can help wrongfully evicted tenants fight back and recover all available compensation. 

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Examples of Illegal Evictions in Maryland

A landlord who does not follow the legal process for eviction might attempt to remove 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
  • retaliating against a tenant by evicting them for filing a complaint with Code Enforcement, the Department of Health, or another government agency.

Legal Procedure Landlords Must Follow for 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.

The tenant can usually stop the eviction by paying 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.

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.

An illegal eviction lawyer with Whitney, LLP 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.  Evictions that occur without the required Warrant for Restitution are illegal.

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.

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Fighting back after an illegal eviction can be intimidating. Landlords know that tenants often cannot afford an attorney.  Hiring an experienced illegal eviction attorney to fight back and recover compensation levels the playing filed.

Call Whitney, LLP today at 410) 583-8000 or use our Quick Contact Form to discuss your potential claims.

Whitney, LLP’s wrongful eviction lawyers have experience suing landlords and recovering compensation.  We offer Free Legal Evaluations to wrongfully evicted tenants across Maryland, including in Annapolis, Baltimore, Columbia, Germantown, Silver Spring, Waldorf, Glen Burnie, Ellicott City, Frederick, Dundalk, and Rockville. 


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