Maryland Required Landlord Disclosures
Learn about the disclosures that landlords in Maryland must provide tenants, usually in the lease or rental agreement.
Maryland requires landlords to make the following disclosures to tenants.
Move-in and move-out inspections and security deposit itemization. Before collecting a deposit, landlord must supply a receipt with details on tenant’s rights to move-in and move-out inspections and right to receive itemization of deposit deductions and balance, if any, and penalties for landlord’s failure to comply. This receipt may be part of the lease. (Md. Code Ann., [Real Prop.] § 8-203.1)
Habitation. A lease must include a statement that the premises will be made available in a condition permitting habitation, with reasonable safety, if that is the agreement, or if that is not the agreement, a statement of the agreement concerning the condition of the premises; and the landlord's and the tenant's specific obligations as to heat, gas, electricity, water, and repair of the premises. (Md. Code Ann. [Real Prop.] §8-208)
Owner or agent identity. The landlord must include in a lease or post the name and address of the landlord; or the person, if any, authorized to accept notice or service of process on behalf of the landlord. (Md. Code Ann. [Real Prop.] §8-210)
Security deposit. Landlord must provide a receipt that describes tenant’s rights to move-in and move-out inspections and right to receive itemization of deposit deductions and balance, if any; and penalties for landlord’s failure to comply. Landlord may include this information in the lease. (Md. Code Ann. [Real Prop.] § 8-203, § 8-203.1)
Check the Maryland statute (Md. Code Ann., [Real Prop.] §§ 8-203, 8-203.1, 8-208, 8-210) for details on these disclosures. See the Laws and Legal Research section of Nolo for advice on finding and reading statutes and court decisions.
Also, check your local ordinance, particularly if your rental unit is covered by rent control, for any city or county disclosure requirements. To find yours, check your city or county website (many are listed on State and Local Government on the Net), or contact the office of your mayor, city manager, or county administrator.
Finally, see the Required Landlord Disclosures article for details on federally-required landlord disclosures and other information on disclosures about the rental property.