2021 Maryland Statutes
Title 8 - Landlord and Tenant
Subtitle 5A - Rental Housing -- Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Section 8-5A-05 - Action for Possession of Property
(a) This section applies to an action for possession of property under § 8–402.1 of this title against a tenant or legal occupant who is a victim of domestic violence or a victim of sexual assault in which the basis for the alleged breach is an act or acts of domestic violence or sexual assault.
(b) (1) A tenant is deemed to have raised a rebuttable presumption that the alleged breach of the lease does not warrant an eviction if the tenant provides to the court:
(i) A copy of a protective order issued for the benefit of the tenant or legal occupant under § 4–506 of the Family Law Article; or
(ii) A copy of a peace order issued for the benefit of the tenant or legal occupant for which the underlying act was sexual assault under § 3–1505 of the Courts Article.
(2) If domestic violence or sexual assault is raised as a defense in an action for possession of property under § 8–402.1 of this title, the court, in its discretion, may enter a judgment in favor of a tenant who does not provide the evidence described in paragraph (1) of this subsection.