FAQ

WHAT IF THE TENANT TRIES TO PAY THE RENT?

The tenant has the right to pay you the full amount of rent due within the time frame of the three-day notice. You must accept the rent if it is offered to you within the three day time period. If the three day time period has expired, you can refuse the rent. If you accept any rent after the eviction has started. The eviction will stop and you will have to start over again.

WHAT AREAS DO YOU SERVE?

Black Hawk Eviction Service Serves DC & MD

HOW CAN A NONPAYING TENANT STOP THE EVICTION PROCESS?

Pay all the rent other charges to the owner. If the owner will accept it.

A LANDLORD CAN EVICT A TENANT IN MARYLAND FOR:

Non-payment of rent. A landlord can begin the eviction process as soon as the tenant’s rent due date has passed and the tenant has not paid the rent. In most instances, the tenant can stop the eviction any time before the sheriff actually comes to evict them by paying the landlord the rent that

is owed. 


 A tenant may not force a landlord to make repairs to their property

by withholding the rent. The landlord can evict a 

tenant for non-payment of rent. If there is a repairs dispute, 

either party can go to your district court and ask to file a 

rent escrow complaint. A judge may allow the tenant to pay their rent into court if the landlord fails to repair serious or dangerous

defects, such as a lack of adequate heat or a 

condition that presents a fire hazard. The judge may return the money to the tenant as compensation or appoint an administrator

to ensure that the repairs are made.


‘Holding over.' If a tenant does not move out when  

a lease has ended, the landlord may evict them for "holding 

over." The landlord must prove that he or she gave the 

tenant proper notice (at least one month's advance written 

notice) of the ending of your lease.

 Breach of a lease. A landlord may also evict a tenant for breaking some part of your lease (for example, by having more

people living in the home than the lease permits). 

Before going to court, the landlord must give the tenant one-month advance written notice ending the lease. The landlord will have to prove that the tenant violated their lease

and that the violation was a serious one. 


The state's attorney, the county attorney, or community associations may bring an eviction action against tenants involved

in illegal drug activities. 



HOW MANY COPIES OF SUMMONS DO I NEED?

An original summons (front & back page), and two copies are needed for each defendant who is to be served. The original and the two copies are to be presented at the time the complaint is filed or when an alias summons is being issued.