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Can I include water bills in my rent court eviction filing?

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.

Many judges have been dismissing cases that include values other than rent or late charges, regardless of what is stated in the lease.

Understanding the Eviction Process

Want to avoid losing money and guard yourself against professional tenants who can use the eviction process against you? Check out the slideshow below, recently presented by Brian Wojcik, CEO of diyrealty.co, and Revee Walters of Offit Kurman to Meetup group Landlord411

What happens in Rent Court?

Housing matters between landlords and tenants are usually heard by the District Court, in a special Rent Court docket. Baltimore created the nation’s first Rent Court to hear housing cases between landlords and tenants. On a typical day, 800-1,000 cases are heard. In some counties, the pace at which housing cases are heard can be fast, depending on the whether or not the landlord and/or tenant appears and evidence (or lack thereof) presented.