2017 Maryland Code
Real Property
Title 8 - Landlord and Tenant
Subtitle 5A - Rental Housing -- Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
§ 8-5A-02. Termination of lease

  • (a) Termination. -- Subject to the requirements of subsections (b) and (c) of this section, a tenant may terminate the tenant's future liability under a residential lease if the tenant or legal occupant is:
    • (1) A victim of domestic violence; or
    • (2) A victim of sexual assault.
  • (b) Written notice; time period to vacate premises. -- If a tenant or legal occupant is a victim of domestic violence or a victim of sexual assault, the tenant may provide to the landlord the written notice required under § 8-5A-03 or § 8-5A-04 of this subtitle and, if the written notice is provided, the tenant shall have 30 days to vacate the leased premises from the date of providing the written notice.
  • (c) Responsibility for rent. -- A tenant who vacates leased premises under this section is responsible for rent only for the 30 days following the tenant providing notice of an intent to vacate.
  • (d) Remedies against holdover tenant. -- If a tenant does not vacate the leased premises within 30 days of providing to the landlord the written notice required under § 8-5A-03 or § 8-5A-04 of this subtitle, the landlord is, at the landlord's option and with written notice to the tenant, entitled to:
    • (1) All legal remedies against a tenant holding over available under § 8-402 of this title; or
    • (2) Deem the tenant's notice of an intent to vacate to have been rescinded and the terms of the original lease to be in full force and effect.
  • (e) Lease payment obligation. -- The termination of a tenant's future liability under a residential lease under this section does not terminate or in any other way impact the future liability of a tenant who is the respondent in the action that results in:
    • (1) A protective order issued for the benefit of the victim tenant or victim legal occupant under § 4-506 of the Family Law Article; or
    • (2) A peace order issued for the benefit of the victim tenant or victim legal occupant for which the underlying act was sexual assault under § 3-1505 of the Courts Article.
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