2018 Maryland Code
Real Property
Title 8 - Landlord and Tenant
Subtitle 2 - Residential Leases
§ 8-213. Applications for leases; deposits

  • (a) Statement required in application for lease. -- An application for a lease shall contain a statement which explains:

    • (1) The liabilities which the tenant incurs upon signing the application; and

    • (2) The provisions of subsections (b) and (c) of this section.

  • (b) Fees other than security deposit. --

    • (1)

      • (i) If a landlord requires from a prospective tenant any fees other than a security deposit as defined by ยง 8-203(a) of this subtitle, and these fees exceed $ 25, then the landlord shall return the fees, subject to the exceptions below, or be liable for twice the amount of the fees in damages.

      • (ii) The return shall be made not later than 15 days following the date of occupancy or the written communication, by either party to the other, of a decision that no tenancy shall occur.

    • (2) The landlord may retain only that portion of the fees actually expended for a credit check or other expenses arising out of the application, and shall return that portion of the fees not actually expended on behalf of the tenant making application.

  • (c) Applicability of section. -- This section does not apply to any landlord who offers four or less dwelling units for rent on one parcel of property or at one location, or to seasonal or condominium rentals.

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