The Maryland eviction notice forms are for use in the event that a tenant fails to abide by the terms of the lease, presents imminent harm or when landlord seeks to end a month-to-month tenancy. If a tenant does not pay rent on time, landlord does not need to provide notice to tenant and may begin summary ejectment proceedings in the District Court located in the county in which the property is located. Landlord must obtain the forms from the court. They cannot be printed from your computer. A sample of the complaint for repossession for non payment of rent can be found on This Page. If tenant does not respond to the notice to quit, the landlord may proceed with a Complaint for Breach of lease. This form must also be obtained from the district court. You will also have to pay a fee to the court depending on which filing you are making. The fees can be found on this Fee Schedule.
Notices By Type
Non-Payment of Rent – In Maryland, according to § 8-401, the landlord may begin the process of eviction immediately upon the rent being late, called a “Summary Ejectment”, without providing notice. This should be given to the tenant when the landlord has received an Ejectment Case Number and a date from the Sheriff when the eviction shall take place.
14-Day Notice to Quit (Imminent Danger) – For use when tenant poses a risk of imminent danger or harm to himself, other tenants or the property.
30-Day Notice to Quit (Month to Month) – For use when landlord seeks to terminate a month-to-month tenancy and have the tenant move out at the end of the month.
30-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Compliance) – When a tenant breaches a provision of the lease, other than non-payment of rent.
When is Rent Late
Rent is late when it is not received by the landlord on the date it is due as set forth in the lease. A landlord does not need to provide notice to tenant before beginning a proceeding for summary ejectment.
How to Evict (Process)
Step 1 – If the tenant is in breach of the lease or you are seeking to end a month-to-month tenancy, you must provide one of the following notices to the tenant before commencing eviction proceedings:
- 14-Day Notice to Quit (Imminent Danger)
- 30-Day Notice to Quit (Month to Month)
- 30-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Compliance)
If you are seeking to have the tenant removed from the property for non-payment of rent, you do not need to provide notice and may proceed directly to Step 2.
Step 2 – If the tenant has failed to pay rent, Maryland has a special process called Summary Ejectment, which does not require landlord to provide notice to tenant. Landlord must go to the Local District Court and file a complaint for ejectment. The form must be obtained directly from the court. However, here is a sample of the Complaint. Read through it carefully to make sure you follow all the requirements. Note that Baltimore City has specific requirement.
If the tenant is in breach of the lease other than for non-payment of rent, and has not responded to the notice requirements in Step 1, then landlord may file a complaint for breach. This Complaint Form must also be obtained directly from the District Court.
Step 3 – The landlord will have to have the sheriff deliver the complaint and summons to the tenant who will have to appear in court on the date specified.
Step 4 – If the tenant does not appear in court, and/or the judge rules in favor of the landlord, tenant must be given four days to vacate.
Step 5 – If the tenant fails to vacate, landlord must file a Petition for Warrant of Restitution with the court. Again, this form must be obtained directly from the court and cannot be printed. Provide the signed warrant to the sheriff so that the sheriff may evict the tenant.