Get In Touch


(443) 548-0191

Discover The Tidewater Difference

Discover The Tidewater Difference

get in touch

back to blog

How to Evict a Tenant in Maryland

Tenant Services

Every landlord hopes for quality tenants, but unfortunately, bad apples sometimes slip through the screening process. If you’ve already given your tenant a second chance, it’s time to take legal action and research the eviction process in Maryland. To avoid getting into legal trouble yourself, don’t attempt to take the law into your own hands. Instead, follow this advice on how to evict a tenant in Maryland.

Have a Good Reason to Evict Your Tenant

Maryland law requires you to have a legal reason for evicting a tenant. You can’t evict on the grounds of personal aversion or in response to a complaint or lawsuit. Tenant rights are protected under Maryland law, and you could wind up in court for violating them.

Here are the legal reasons for which you can evict a tenant in Maryland:

  • Failing to pay rent
  • Failing to move out at the end of the lease period (known as “holding over”)
  • Violating conditions of the lease

Follow These Procedures to Evict a Tenant in Maryland

If you have a good reason to evict your tenant, you must follow the correct eviction process. You can’t storm into the resident’s home and make demands or threats. You also can’t shut off utilities, change the locks, or clear out the tenant’s belongings-at least not until the eviction process is complete.

Instead, follow a legal course of action with these steps:

  • Attempt to reason with the tenant: Communicate with the resident, especially about a mild or first-time offense, to see if you can settle the issue out of court.
  • Serve an eviction notice: Deliver a written statement explaining the reason for eviction and instructions to move out within 30 days (14 if the tenant endangers others on the property). If applicable, include how the tenant may reverse the eviction notice.
  • Request an Eviction Order from the District Court: If the tenant doesn’t vacate, file a written complaint to your district court.
  • Attend the trial: Bring all documents proving a valid reason for eviction. Both you and the tenant will state your case before a judge.
  • File a petition: If the judge rules in your favor, the tenant has four days to vacate or file an appeal. If this period runs out and the tenant still hasn’t moved, file a Petition for Warrant of Restitution with the sheriff to force an eviction.
  • Be aware of “the right of redemption”: If the tenant pays all due rent, late fees, and court-awarded costs before the Petition for Warrant of Restitution is processed, the tenant may redeem themselves and reverse the eviction order (if failure to pay rent was the reason).
  • Have movers clear out the tenant’s belongings: On eviction day, you can legally remove the tenant’s belongings from the property.

Hire a Property Management Company in Maryland

If evicting a tenant sounds like a traumatic, time-consuming process you don’t want to go through, get help from Tidewater Property Management. Handling tenant evictions is just one of the many services we provide. Hand over this and every other responsibility of being a landlord so you can enjoy the financial benefits of your real estate investment without the stress.

For more tips on evicting a tenant in Maryland, or to learn more about Tidewater’s property management services, please contact us today at (443) 548-0191!

grandson sits on his grandfathers shoulders
Our Mission

Since we opened our doors in 1989, Tidewater has been offering personal customer service throughout Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and West Virginia. Due to our dedication to helping homeowners buy, sell, rent, and maintain their properties, we have become one of the largest family owned full-service real estate management companies in the area.

grandson sits on his grandfathers shoulders
Family Owned & Operated
Since 1989
Experienced &
Knowledgeable Professionals
24/7/365 Emergency
Exceptional Customer
Online Portal
high-rise luxury apartments with balconies high-rise luxury apartments with balconies
Tidewater managed my condo for 2 years. They were professional, promptly addressed service requests, inspected my property to ensure it was being properly cared for by the tenants and gave me ultimate peace of mind,…
Profile Img
Maisha C. Maisha C.
Tidewater has been managing my property in Odenton, MD, for nearly 5 years. They have been excellent in supporting my needs, and leave me feeling confident that my property is in good hands while deployed.…
Profile Img
Ben C. Ben C.
My experience was great! I had the pleasure of working with Melody Timmons. She was very responsive to messages and very communicative. She made every effort to accommodate us when scheduling a time and date…
Profile Img
Nicole S. Nicole S.
Tidewater provided incredible service as they managed my rental property for more than 3 years. The team is responsive, communicative, and professional. Highly recommend Tidewater Property Management!
Profile Img
Shayna H. Shayna H.
Cody helped us purchase our new home in Baltimore. We were living in Arizona and had a lot of complications to work through logistically and Cody stepped up every time to help us out. He…
Profile Img
Matt M. Matt M.