My lease is up on December 31, 2014. I've been asking landlord for lease renewal. He says that he wants to make sure I am going to pay December's rent on time. I've had a few difficulties the last few months due to some unforeseen emergencies. In Maryland, how much notice legally does he have to give if he chooses not to renew?
Your lease agreement should control -- i.e. it should set out the time within which a tenant must exercise his right to renew the lease as well as the landlord's right to cancel it. If your lease is silent, then generally in Maryland, Maryland Real Property Article 8-402 requires at least 30 days written notice by your landlord if he is not renewing your lease. Baltimore City code requires 60 days.
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The deadline for renewal for you should be included in the lease. The landlords right to terminate will also be in the lease. If it is unclear, contact an attorney.
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