A Maryland 14 Day Notice to Vacate is a legal eviction document delivered to the tenant for demonstrating a clear and present danger or serious harm toward other persons or themselves. There is no option to cure and the tenant must move out of the premises within fourteen (14) calendar days.
When to Use a Maryland 14 Day Notice to Vacate
Use a 14 Day Notice to Vacate to begin the eviction process in Maryland if the tenant demonstrates a clear and imminent danger or serious harm to other persons or themselves.
If the above is not true, use one of the below forms to evict a tenant:
- 10 Day Notice to Quit – If the tenant is late on rent (starting the day after it’s due), either in part or in full.
- 30 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate – If the tenant failed to comply with health/safety rules, violated rules with too many occupants at the premises or any other violations of the lease.
- 60 Day Notice to Vacate – If the landlord or the tenant is terminating a month-to-month lease or a tenancy of less than one (1) year. This letter may also be used for tenants with no written lease that pay rent monthly or for tenants with an expired lease.
How to Write a Maryland 14 Day Notice to Vacate
The Maryland 14 Day Notice to Vacate form shall be completed as follows:
- Write all adult tenants’ names (do not include minors);
- Fill in the complete address of the rental premises;
- Check the box to indicate the tenant threatened or harmed other persons or themselves;
- Include the tenant’s balance due, if applicable;
- Enter the date the tenancy terminates;
- Include the date the notice is served;
- Landlord prints name and signs notice;
- Landlord includes address and phone number.
How to Serve a Maryland 14 Day Notice to Vacate
A landlord can deliver notices in Maryland using any of the below acceptable methods:
- Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
- Handing the notice to a person of suitable age and discretion AND mailing the notice by first class mail with a certificate of mailing;
- Mailing the notice by first class mail with a certificate of mailing;
- Sending the notice electronically, if elected by the tenant in writing, via any of the following: email message, text message or electronic tenant portal.
When sending the notice by first class mail, add three (3) calendar days to the notice period to account for variability in post office delivery times.