If you have a tenant who is not paying rent, you need to move forward with the eviction process. In the state of Maryland, there are four steps to evicting a tenant.
Eviction Step by Step
First, go to the clerk’s office and file the initial eviction paperwork with the court. Then, you have to go to court on the date that they assign you. If you win the judgment in court, you have to file a Writ of Restitution, which will start the physical eviction process. This can be filed four days after the initial court date. Then, the sheriff will call you with the actual eviction date. You’ll have to arrive at the property with four to 10 movers, depending on the size of your home, and you’ll move the tenants and their property out of the home and change your locks.
There are a couple of things to be aware of. This process can be six to 12 weeks all the way through. You’ll get your court date two weeks after the original filing. Then you’ll have your Writ of Restitution a few days later, and the physical eviction about a month after that. Make sure you understand the timing.
Right of Redemption
One thing we commonly get asked is – what if your tenant pays the amount that’s due during the eviction? If your tenant pays up to the point where you show up at the house with the sheriff and the movers, you must cancel the eviction. If more money becomes due during the process, you’ll have to file a new case. If you have to file four evictions in one year, then you can file for a Removal of the Right to Redemption. After that fourth judgment, the tenant cannot stop the eviction by making payment.
When you have to do an eviction, it’s a good idea to get help from an attorney or a southern Maryland property manager. We can answer any questions you have, so contact us at Real Property Management Gold.