Learn about the Maryland eviction process and notice requirements.
Maryland Eviction Process
The information contained in this page is for residential landlords in Maryland and does not apply to commercial or agricultural property.
Forcible Entry and Detainer
1. Prepare a notice to quit. Before a formal court filing can occur, a landlord needs to prepare the proper notice to terminate the tenancy:
2. Eviction lawsuit is filed. If the tenant fails to comply with the landlord’s notice, eviction proceedings can begin by filing a complaint with the local district court.
4. Tenant is served. After the filing of all documents, a court date will be scheduled and the landlord must have the sheriff server the tenant with a copy of the complaint and summons.
5. Petition for Warrant of Restitution. If the tenant fails to show up or fails to argue an acceptable defense, the court will issue a judgment in favor of the landlord. The tenant will then have up to 4 days to move out. If the tenant is still occupying the property after 4 days, the landlord may obtain a Petition for Warrant of Restitution from the local district court which gives the sheriff the authority to remove the tenant.
Notice to Quit
There are a few documents to initiate Maryland eviction proceedings. Choose the best one that applies to your particular circumstances.
Nonpayment of Rent
A 10 Day Notice to Pay or Quit demands a tenant to pay the outstanding rent within 10 days or move out.
Download this free Maryland 10 Day Notice to Pay or Quit. This is a 2 page PDF document. See the Rental Application with Co-Applicant for…
A 14 Day Notice to Quit is to demand a tenant move out for creating or being an imminent threat.
When a tenant presents a threat, landlords may use this Maryland 14 Day Notice to Quit. This is a single page PDF document. See the…
Violations Other than Late Rent
A Notice to Cure or Quit is to demand lease violations to be cured within 14 days or terminate within 30 days.
When a tenant violates their lease, landlords may use this Maryland Notice to Cure or Quit. This is a single page PDF document. See the…
A 60 Day Notice to Quit is to terminate a month-to-month lease.
Terminate a month-to-month lease with this Maryland 60 Day Notice to Quit. This is a single page PDF document. See the Maryland 10 Day Notice…
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