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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Effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the state of Maryland will continue its Shelter-In-Place order until rescinded, superseded, amended, or revised by additional orders.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

Executive Order

  • 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.

  • Duration: Until the state of emergency is terminated and the catastrophic health emergency is rescinded.

  • 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

No statewide emergency rental assistance for Maryland.

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.