Maryland 21 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: March 28, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

A Maryland 21 Day Notice To Vacate is letter which complies with state legal requirements to terminate a week-to-week tenancy that has no written lease. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least twenty-one (21) calendar days before the date of termination.

When To Use a Maryland 21 Day Notice To Vacate

A Maryland 21 Day Notice To Vacate ends a week-to-week tenancy with no written lease.

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 21 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. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  4. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  5. Print name and sign the notice
  6. 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 21 Day Notice To Vacate

Maryland law is not specific on requirements for delivering a Notice To Vacate, but state eviction and rent increase laws provide the following methods as the legal gold standard: 

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

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.