Maryland Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

Last Updated: April 1, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

A Maryland month-to-month lease agreement is a contract (written or oral) that allows a tenant to rent property from a landlord, in exchange for a fee (“rent”), for a period of thirty days at a time. The agreement remains active until either party gives proper notice to end it.

Note: For fixed term leases in Maryland (i.e., 1-year), click here.

How do Maryland Month-to-Month Lease Agreements Work?

A landlord and tenant can enter into a month-to-month lease through a written contract or oral agreement. It does not have to be written.

Once the lease is active, both parties are given full rights under Maryland landlord tenant lawThis includes the landlord’s responsibility to provide a living space, the tenant’s responsibility to pay rent in a timely manner and all other rights and responsibilities.

How Much Notice is Needed to End the Lease?

In Maryland, a landlord may terminate a month-to-month lease agreement by giving at least 1 month’s notice. Md. Code Ann § 8-402(b)(3), (b)(4)

Notice must be provided in written form.

How Much Notice is Needed to Raise the Rent?

The state of Maryland has no regulations regarding rent increases. Most renters will find information regarding the frequency, amounts, and procedures for rent increases in their lease. There is no state statute regarding notice requirements in Maryland, but providing a 1 month’s notice to tenants is customary.  It’s important to note that in Montgomery County and Baltimore City, a 60 days’ written notice is required in certain circumstances.

Notice must also be provided in written form.

How are Month-to-Month Tenants Evicted in Maryland?

After the landlord gives proper notice, and that period of time elapses, the lease expires and is no longer active.

If a tenant remains on the property after lease expiry, the landlord may move forward with the eviction process to remove the tenant by filing a complaint with the applicable county court in Maryland. The process for eviction can be completed in 3 weeks to 5 months but can take longer depending on the circumstances.

For more information on the eviction process in Maryland, click here.