A critical and often overlooked step when filing a failure to pay rent action on their tenant in Rent Court in Maryland is the military service verification. If a copy of the completed DOD Military Service Verification is not included as part of the filing, its probable your case will be thrown out and the tenant will win. It shows the judge that the landlord has failed to meet minimum basic requirements. Below are instructions on how to do a single search lookup.
One of the top questions I receive from do-it-yourself landlords is:
“Can I include water bills in my rent court eviction filing if the tenant signed a lease proving they are responsible for paying for water consumption?”
The short answer is, it usually depends on the judge.
Years of landlord and property management experience fed my desire to create Rent Court Manager. I understand the hassle of having to take your tenants to court - the days lost at the courthouse and the hours spent trying to track down the status of a case. And let’s not forget the lost rent that quickly racks up for each day in the process ($40/day on average). I wanted to make it simple for the do-it-yourself landlord or property manager to file an eviction. And more importantly, have the confidence that they had “checked all the boxes” and were properly prepared in court.
I am often asked if an attorney is necessary in filing an eviction. While not absolutely necessary (there are agents available to represent you in court), there are several compelling reasons to opt for an attorney. In my experience as a property manager, and having spent a significant amount of time in Rent Court, I saw many cases where an attorney would have made the difference for the landlord. The benefits of an attorney became crystal clear for me.
The failure to pay rent complaint has gotten a judgement in favor of the landlord. Then the Warrant of Restitution was filed. What eviction procedure is next?
The detailed steps below show the eviction procedure for Prince George’s County Maryland. Follow these steps to ensure a successful eviction with your rental property.
Landlords are responsible for carrying out the eviction. Different Counties have different rules as to whether or not you may simply change the locks, or if you need to move everything out and off the premises*. You may be required to hire a tow truck or two for for removal of tenant’s vehicles. You may need a moving crew of as many as 25 people, otherwise the Sheriff will cancel the eviction. Below is a reference for that is helpful in preparing for your eviction.
If granted your Warrant of Restitution, special notice requirements apply in Baltimore City.