Maryland rental/lease agreements

 Rental and lease agreements generated by this free Maryland rental agreement template are used by lessees and lessors to rent out property in Maryland. After viewing the property, prospective tenants usually complete a rental application in order to provide the landlord with their employment history and background information. Once the prospective tenant has been accepted, a lease is created that outlines the agreed-upon terms. A signed agreement can be enforced by a court of law once both parties sign it. Rental Application – Used by the lessor to obtain information about the lessee's identity, finances, and employment. 

Maryland rental/lease agreement templates

Maryland rental/lease agreements

The 6 basic types of Maryland lease agreement

  • Commercial Rental Lease Agreement– A real estate contract for properties primarily for business-related use such as an office, industry, etc. They’re more complex than standard lease contracts and also demand more of the tenant. 

  • Monthly Rental lease Agreement – A contract of rental agreement without a set date for termination, which can be terminated by either tenant or landlord upon thirty days' notice, according to § 8-402.

  • Rent-to-Own Rental Agreement – A contract that allows tenants to purchase properties at a date in the future. This is also referred to as an option to purchase and it can expire at a certain date or run indefinitely as long as certain conditions are met.

  • Roommate Lease Agreement – For individuals residing in a shared housing arrangement and each roommate getting their share of common expenses.

  • Standard Residential Lease Contract – A common leasing arrangement with a fixed term. This type of tenancy is the most widely used in the state and offers many protections to the lessee. 

  • Sublease Contract – This contract allows a tenant to rent their space to another person, the ‘subtenant’, with the landlord’s approval. It is also available in two versions; a commercial sublease and a residential sublease.

Five disclosure requirements

Agent/Landlord Identification (§ 8-210) –  A property owner is required to state in the agreement before the start of the tenancy, the persons (and their occupation) allowed access to the premises. e.g, agents, and managers.

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – Per law, all landlords are required to inform their tenants, for properties built before the year 1978, of the presence of this hazardous paint material in the walls of the dwelling. 

Move-in/Move-out Checklist (§  8-203.1(a)) – If a security deposit is acceptable by the property owner, they are obligated to provide the lessee a summary of any preexisting damage on the property and usually verified by the lessee.

Habitability (§ 8–208) – A confirmation in the rental agreement stating the suitability of the dwelling for human habitation and also stating the occupant’s responsibilities regarding utility and repairs on the property.

Security Deposit Receipt – According to § 8–203, receipts are required to be issued to the occupant upon payment of the security deposit. Receipts are also required to state the rights of the tenant as listed in § 8–203.1.

Having access

Before accessing the tenant's dwelling for repairs, the lessor is not required to notify the tenant. However, the lessor should be aware that attempts to enter the property for no justifiable cause are strictly prohibited.

Money deposited as security

Maximum (§ 8–203) – A lessor may require a new lessee to pay a maximum of two months' rent.

Returning (§ 8–203) – The lessor is required to return all funds associated with the security deposit back to the lessee within forty-five days from the date of tenancy expiration.

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