Early eviction

My tenant has violated the lease agreement by not keeping the premises clean, sanitary and in good condition. She owes money for damages to my carpet when her houseguest caused a small flood in the basement.  I sent her a certified letter stating that she had 30 days to pay for the carpet or she would face eviction.  Being as though she has already broken the terms of the lease by not keeping the house in good, sanitary condition and immediately reporting the issues, do I have to wait until the 30 days is up for nonpayment before I evict her?

Asked over 7 years ago in Maryland
Categories: Landlord-Tenant

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Mark Louis Rosenberg

Answer by Mark Louis Rosenberg

VerifiedMaryland lawyer

This depends upon a number of factors and I would need to review your lease in order to assist you. Did your insurance cover the flood damage? It might, and you may want to file a claim on this. You will have to file for eviction in court, and you cannot use self-help in Maryland for a residential tenant, that is, just throw her out and change the locks. If you have a significant deposit, and she does not fix or replace the damaged carpet by the end of the tenancy, you are certainly allowed to use her security deposit to reimburse you for the damages. Contact me for further information. Thanks.

Posted over 7 years ago

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