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Broken Lease (by Wallace [MD]) Sep 17, 2021 6:15 PM
       Broken Lease (by Laura [MD]) Sep 17, 2021 9:59 PM
       Broken Lease (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Sep 18, 2021 5:31 PM
       Broken Lease (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Sep 18, 2021 9:59 PM

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Broken Lease (by Wallace [MD]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 6:15 PM

State Specific Question About: MARYLAND (MD)

Two tenants (roommates) had an altercation. After the altercation, one tenant moved out of the unit and stated it was due to physical safety concerns. The tenant that moved, turned in keys, cleaned the bedroom and left the property in good condition. The tenant obtained a police report regarding the incident. Are there Maryland or Howard County (MD) laws governing the return of the security deposit for a tenant that moves for physical safety reasons?

Broken Lease (by Laura [MD]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 9:59 PM

I believe the tenant that moved out has broken the lease. My understanding is the domestic violence laws only apply to "roommates" if they are in a sexual relationship. You can't just end a lease. However, you need to mitigate your damages. Is the other roommate still in the property? If yes, then both roommates (assuming no sexual relationship) are responsible for the rent (no requirement to live in the property) and the security deposit will be returned when the unit becomes vacant.

2016 Maryland Code

Real Property

Title 8 - Landlord and Tenant

Subtitle 5A - Rental Housing -- Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

8-5A-03. Notice -- Victim of domestic violence

Universal Citation: MD Real Prop Code 8-5A-03 (2016)

(a) Delivery. -- If a tenant or legal occupant is a victim of domestic violence, the tenant may terminate the tenant's future liability under a residential lease under 8-5A-02 of this subtitle if the tenant provides the landlord with written notice by first-class mail or hand delivery of an intent to vacate the premises and notice of the tenant's or legal occupant's status as a victim of domestic violence.

(b) Copy of protective order. -- The notice provided under subsection (a) of this section shall include a copy of a protective order issued for the benefit of the tenant or legal occupant under 4-506 of the Family Law Article.

Broken Lease (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Sep 18, 2021 5:31 PM


I would tell the exiting res to pay the ELTF.If they pay, great. If not, no loss IF IF IF they qualify for the laws Laura posted.


Broken Lease (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Sep 18, 2021 9:59 PM

another thought...

the security deposit stays with the house until the house is vacant.

The LL cannot decided to refund a portion to one person.


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