Maryland Notice Requirements to Terminate a Month-to-Month Tenancy

Find out how much advance notice you or the landlord must provide to terminate a rental agreement that runs month-to-month in Maryland.

It is easy for landlords and tenants to end a month-to-month tenancy in Maryland.

Notice Requirements for Maryland Landlords

Except for some properties covered by rent control in Maryland, your landlord does not need to give you a reason (although acting on discriminatory or retaliatory motives is illegal). A landlord can simply give you a written notice to move, allowing you one month as required by Maryland law and specifying the date on which your tenancy will end. Montgomery County (single-family rentals excepted) and Baltimore City are exceptions—the landlord must provide two months’ notice to end a tenancy in these communities.

Your landlord may legally provide less notice if you have not paid rent, if you have violated other terms of your rental agreement (for example, bringing in an unauthorized tenant), or if you have violated basic responsibilities imposed by law (such as by dealing drugs on the rental property).

Notice Requirements for Maryland Tenants

It is equally easy for tenants in Maryland to get out of a month-to-month rental agreement.   You must provide the same amount of notice (usually one month) as the landlord (unless your rental agreement provides for a shorter amount of notice).  Be sure to check your rental agreement which may require that your notice to end the tenancy be given on the first of the month or on another specific date.

In some situations, you may be able to move out with less (or no) notice—for example, if your landlord seriously violates the rental agreement or fails to fulfill legal responsibilities affecting your health or safety.

Maryland State Law and Resources on Terminating a Month-to-Month Tenancy

Check Maryland state law (Md. Code Ann. [Real Prop.] §â

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