Maryland 14 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: May 27, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

Maryland 14 Day Notice To Vacate is letter which complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for demonstrating a clear and present danger of serious harm toward other persons or themselves. The tenant must move out of the premises within fourteen (14) calendar days of receiving notice.

When To Use a Maryland 14 Day Notice To Vacate

A Maryland 14 Day Notice To Vacate begins the eviction process when a tenant demonstrates a clear and imminent danger of serious harm to other persons or themselves.

Some types of Maryland lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

How To Write a Maryland 14 Day Notice To Vacate

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Vacate:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving parties, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Specify the basis for terminating the tenancy
  4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  6. Print name and sign the notice
  7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Serve a Maryland 14 Day Notice To Vacate

Maryland law for delivering a written eviction notice is only specific on delivery method when it comes to nonpayment of rent. The methods accepted in this context will, however, be legally sufficient for most other evictions such as a Notice To Vacate:

    1. Delivery by first class mail with a certificate of mailing
    2. Posting the notice on the door of the the premises
    3. Electronic notice via email, text message, or electronic tenant portal, ONLY when the tenant has agreed to such method of service

    Electronic notice must provide the landlord with proof of transmission of the notice (e.g. a read receipt on a text message). Mailed notice extends a notice period by three (3) calendar days, to account for variable delivery times.

    In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.