Maryland Rental Lease Agreement Templates

Our Maryland Rental Lease Agreement Templates are kept updated and comply with all legal statutes within Maryland law. It is wise to have a lease in writing, to have an oral agreement is bad practice and can get either party into legal disputes. It’s legal to have an oral agreement if the lease is for a period of less than one (1) year, however if a lease is for a period for more than one year, it must be in writing.

Most leases are very different from each other and they can all be legal under the laws of Maryland. Most landlords use the same lease agreement for all their potential  and current tenants, however, as a tenant, depending on how the negotiations go, your lease can be different. Our Maryland rental lease agreements offer landlords and tenants flexible agreements to uphold the ability for you to adjust our agreements.

Form Description Types

Maryland Commercial Lease Agreement

The Maryland Commercial Lease Agreement is an agreement signed by an owner of commercial property and a tenant looking to run a business in/on the property. Due to the vast majority of types of commercial property and the vast majority…Read more ›

Maryland Month to Month Rental Agreement

The Maryland Month to Month Rental Agreement, also know a a “tenancy at will”, is a rental agreement between a landlord and a tenant looking to rent on a monthly basis. A month to month lease agreement is a good option…Read more ›

Maryland Rental Application

The Maryland Rental Application Form is a document used when a potential tenant inquires about leasing residential property from a landlord. It gives the landlord answers as to the validity of the applicant. Some landlords may ask for money in…Read more ›

Maryland Sublease Agreement

The Maryland Sublease Agreement is a lease agreement that enables the current renter of a residential unit to sublet the property, with consent from the landlord, to another renter, known as a sub-tenant. For all subleases in Maryland, the original…Read more ›

Maryland Residential Lease Agreement

The Maryland Standard One (1) Year Lease Agreement is a document that comes with language that complies with all the updated statutes pertaining to Maryland law. This agreement can easily be altered in order for a landlord and tenant to…Read more ›

Maine Statutes

Leasing Laws & Disclosures

Application Fees

Landlords in the state of Maryland can charge up to $25 for an application fee. This money is used to cover the expenses of processing an application. If the application fee is more than $25 for whatever reason, the landlord must return any leftover money that wasn’t used no later than 15 after a tenant has moved in or after the landlord has notified you that the lease will not take place.

Rent Receipts

By law, a landlord must give a rent receipt if the tenant pays rent in cash. For security sake, a tenant should always ask for a rent receipt no matter how rent is paid.

Security Deposits

A landlord may charge up to two (2) months worth of rent which protects the landlord from unpaid rent, damages against the property, and other expenses incurred due to a breach.

Lease Renewals

Quite frequent, language in a lease agreement will allow the term of the lease to renew. If that’s the case with your lease, you need to notify, in writing, your landlord 30 days before the move-out date. Notices should be delivered by certified mail and you should keep a copy of the receipt.

Breaking a Lease

Often times, life happens and one must break a lease. If you have a one year lease and you decide to break the lease with four months remaining on the lease, you will be responsible for the remaining four months until the landlord finds another tenant for your property. Like most states, military personnel who receive orders to permanently change addresses (or temporary duty of 3 months or more) can terminate the lease with proper notice.

Lead-Based Paint Hazards

The federal law requires any house built before 1978 be inspected for lead-based paint because it’s every harmful to human beings, especially children. On top on that, the state of Maryland has their own law stating any house built before 1950 be check for lead-based paint which also states the following:

  • Every home built before 1950 must register annually with the Maryland Department of the Environment and pay a $10 fee.
  • Two pamphlets called Lead Poisoning Prevention: Notice of Tenant’s Rights” and “Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home,” must be given to all tenants before moving in.
  • Full Risk Reduction Measures of lead-based paint must be taken and a Risk Reduction Certificate must be given to all tenants before moving in.


An eviction is a legal procedure in the state of Maryland. A landlord can not evict a tenant without first going to a district court and getting a judgement. If a tenant breaches their lease, the landlord’s first move is to give 30 days written notice of your eviction (14 days notice if the tenants behavior is deemed dangerous to others). If the tenant fails to move out after 30 days, the legal eviction process will then start.