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COVID-19 Information for Maryland

The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.

State and Local Affiliates

Please remember to use your state or local apartment association as the primary resource for the most up-to-date information on your responsibilities. Find your local affiliate.

State Legal and Regulatory Information

We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws and other policy issues.

Shelter in Place

Effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the state of Maryland will continue its Shelter-In-Place order until rescinded, superseded, amended, or revised by additional orders. The order exempts business activities, defined as essential under CISA. CISA’s guidelines specifically identify residential facilities and services as essential. 

State of Emergency

Governor Larry Hogan announced a state of emergency on March 5.

Eviction

Status: Eviction Cases Can Resume (Remote or in Person)

Executive Order (Expired)

  • Action: On April 3, 2020, Governor Hogan issued an updated executive order, prohibiting evictions of residents suffering from substantial loss of income due to COVID-19.
  • Scope: Nonpayment of rent and lease violations. This order expired on July 25, 2020. 
  • COVID-19 Related Financial Impact Requirement: A substantial loss of income resulting from COVID-19 or the related proclamation of a state of emergency. This includes job loss, reduction in hours of work, closure of place of employment, or the need to miss work to care for a home-bound school age child.
  • Supporting Documentation: Required but not defined.
  • Residents Responsible for Rent: Yes

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

Governor Larry Hogan announced the commitment of $30 million in new funding to prevent evictions and help Marylanders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) intends to deploy $20 million in expected federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funding across all 24 jurisdictions in Maryland to help address eviction prevention needs. 

Additionally, Maryland will dedicate $20 million of federal funds for the Eviction Prevention Partnership Program. The funds will be distributed among the state’s 24 jurisdictions for local rental assistance programs.

The Maryland Department of Commerce has announced grant opportunities for small nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.

Some Maryland not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funds from the newly created COVID-19 Emergency Relief $50M Grant Fund, which provides working capital intended to mitigate the disruptions of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on small not-for-profits and businesses. 

Grants up to $10,000 and not to exceed 3 months of cash operating expenses may be awarded to Maryland not-for-profits and businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and have 50 or fewer employees.

For additional eligibility details and a link to the grant application, visit the Maryland Department of Commerce website.

Rent Freeze

No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. There is no statute preempting local rent regulation. 

Price-Gouging Law

Maryland does not have statutory language regulating price gouging during declarations of emergency.

Local Legal and Regulatory Information

Baltimore 

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

Mayor Jack Young announced his plan to commit $13 million of Community Development Block Grant-CV funds for the establishment of a temporary rental assistance program.

Harford County

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman announced the creation of a program that will help cover up to three months’ worth of rental expenses for people whose income is at or below 80 percent of the area’s median income due to COVID-19. For a family of four, that would be an income of $78,500 or below. The program will be funded using federal money. To apply, click here.

Howard County

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

Howard County has allocated of $800,000 in county funding for rental assistance and eviction relief. Of the total amount, $300,000 will come from the Disaster Relief and Recovery Initiative in the proposed operating budget, also requiring County Council approval. The other $500,000 will come from Moderate Income Housing Unit fee-in-lieu revenue sources.

Montgomery County

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

The City Council approved a special appropriation of $2 million to support to end and prevent homelessness. Emergency eviction prevention and housing stabilization programs are also included. Funds are expected to be allocated to provide a short-term rental subsidy program to low- and moderate-income households in response to the current coronavirus pandemic.