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  • Landlord/Tenant Law 101: Roommates

    If each roommate’s monetary obligations are clearly spelled out in a roommate agreement, then a roommate has a better chance of maintaining a breach of contract action against any roommate who breaches the lease agreement with the landlord.

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  • Civil Litigation 101: What is Discovery?

    So, youve filed a civil lawsuit against someone or some entity. Now what? A lot happens between the time one actually begins the litigation process and the time when one actually gets his/her day in court. In Maryland, to litigate a case from inception (filing a Complaint) to end...

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  • Civil Litigation 101: What are Depositions

    Another important tool used in discovery (and sometimes for the trial of a matter as well) is the deposition. A deposition is the taking of out-of-court oral testimony of a witness or party. The witness or party giving the deposition is placed under oath by a court reporter who ...

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  • So you want to be a landlord? Part 7 -- Month to Month tenancies

    In an ideal world, the landlord/tenant relationship is governed by the express terms of a written lease agreement. Sometimes, however, lease agreements expire, and a tenant continues the tenancy by holding over. In other cases, landlords and tenants enter into oral agreements (I,...

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  • Civil Litigation 101: What is a Request for Production of Documents?

    Like interrogatories (which are discussed here:Civil Litigation 101: What are Interrogatories?)a Request for Production of Documents is a useful tool for lawyers to gather information during the discovery phase of litigation. A Request for Production of Documents, simply, is a fo...

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  • So you want to be a landlord? Part 6 -- Returning/Withholding the Security Deposit in Maryland

    So your tenant has done some damaged to your rental property? Now what? Remember that security deposit you collected at the beginning of your lease agreement? Well cases like this are one of the reasons why landlords collect security deposits in the first place. When can a land...

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  • Civil Litigation 101: What are Interrogatories?

    What are interrogatories? Interrogatories, are an integral part of the discovery phase of litigation. As defined byThe Free Dictionary, are written questions submitted to a party from his or her adversary to ascertain answers that are prepared in writing and signed under oath and...

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  • So you want to be a landlord? Part 5 -- How do I evict my tenant?

    Let's face it, Landlord, your relationship with your tenant may -- like all relationships -- have its ups and downs. Expect these bumps. Expect that at some point your tenant may make unreasonable demands upon you regarding repairs. Expect that your tenant may not always abide by...

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  • So you want to be a landlord? Part 4 -- The Security Deposit

    Ok, Landlord. In the words ofInigo Montoyalet me sum up our journey thus far: 1. Youve obtained your local jurisdictions rental license;2. Youve found a qualified, responsible, and trustworthy tenant for your rental property;3. Youve negotiated and drafted a lease agreement that...

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  • So you want to be a landlord? Part 3 -- The Lease Agreement

    Lease agreements don’t have to be in writing to be legally binding. Trying to enforce those oral lease agreements will, however, be difficult.

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