A Maryland eviction notice form for lease violations is a written document that states a tenant has 30 days to vacate the premises. There are other notice forms for other possible grounds for eviction in Maryland.
Read further to learn about what information is required on an eviction notice for it to be valid, legally acceptable ways of delivering notices, and types of notices for all possible grounds for eviction.
Information Required for All Maryland Notices
Maryland state law doesn’t specify at the state level what information must be included for all eviction notices. However, it’s a good idea to include:
- The date the tenancy will terminate
- The reason for the eviction
- The tenant’s name and contact information
The landlord will also want to get the tenant’s signature confirming that they received the eviction notice, if the notice was hand-delivered.
Acceptable Ways of Delivering Notices
Maryland doesn’t specify at the state level how eviction notices must be delivered. It’s always best to give the notice to the tenant in person when possible.
Landlords and tenants should check with their local city/county governments to determine if there are any other acceptable service methods.
Types of Eviction Notices
Each possible ground for eviction has its own process and notice requirements.
14/30-Day Eviction Notice for Non-Compliance
A tenant can be evicted in Maryland if they do not uphold their responsibilities under the terms of a written lease/rental agreement.
Maryland landlords are not required to allow tenants to correct a lease violation in these instances, but they must provide tenants with a 30-Day Notice to Quit, giving the tenant 30 days to move out of the rental unit.
Typical lease violations under this category could include things like damaging the rental property, having too many people residing in the rental unit, and having a pet when there’s a no-pet policy.
Landlords are only required to give tenants 14 days’ written notice if they are involved in activity that could endanger/cause serious harm to themselves, other tenants, the landlord, or the landlord’s property.
Note that illegal activity may be included in this category.
If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period expires, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.
The notice should include the fact that the landlord desires to repossess the rental unit and the tenant is in violation of the lease.
Get the downloadable 14/30-Day Eviction Notice for Noncompliance form template below (.pdf direct link).
7/30/90-Day Lease Termination Notice for “At-Will” Tenants
In the state of Maryland, if tenants “hold over,” or stay in the rental unit after the rental term has expired, then the landlord must give tenants notice before evicting them. This can include tenants without a written lease and week-to-week and month-to-month tenants.
Often this type of eviction applies to tenants who are at the end of their lease and the landlord doesn’t want to renew.
The amount of time required in the notice depends on the type of tenancy.
- Week-to-week – If rent is paid on a week-to-week basis, a landlord must provide the tenant with a 7-Day Notice to Quit.
- Month-to-month – If rent is paid on a month-to-month basis, a landlord must provide the tenant with a 30-Day Notice to Quit.
- Year-to-year – If the tenancy is from year to year, a landlord must provide the tenant with a 90-Day Notice to Quit.
These notice periods don’t apply to the city of Baltimore or to Montgomery County.
In Montgomery County, tenancies that are at least month-to-month but less than year-to-year must be given 2 months’ written notice prior to termination.
If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period (if any) expires, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.
The notice should include the date the tenancy will terminate.
Get the downloadable 7/30/90-Day Lease Termination Notice form template below (.pdf direct link).