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How Multiple People Can Hold Title in the Same Property in Maryland

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There are three major types of concurrent ownership in Maryland that can be written into a deed: Tenants in Common each own a share of the property as an individual with no right of survivorship. Therefore, if one co-tenant dies, his interest passes to his own heirs, not the other co-tenants. In this type of […]

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How Do I Redeem Maryland Ground Rent?

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Ground rent is common in Maryland especially with property in Baltimore City. If ground rent is on your property then you are responsible for pay a small amount of money each year to the owner of the ground rent. The amounts vary but I find they are typically around $100 to $200 per year. Owners […]

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Same Sex Marriage, Maryland Deed & Tenants by the Entirety

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A deed for married individuals with property in Maryland should typically be filed as Tenants by the Entirety, though there are occasionally advantageous reasons for filing otherwise. The same is true whether the married couple is of the same sex or of the opposite sex. For a free, confidential conversation to discuss this and other […]

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Maryland Real Estate Law & Attorney’s Fees

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A few clients have recently asked about “standard” attorney’s fees clauses in Maryland Real Estate contracts, such as a Residential Contract of Sale. It is important to understand that ultimately these terms are negotiable and if you have concerns about what is proposed you should speak with your attorney so that you are comfortable with […]

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Cutting Your Neighbor’s Tree Branches & Maryland Property Law

If you live in Maryland and own property, you own the property from the center of the planet to the useful area of sky above the land! Whether you can cut your neighbor’s tree that has branches hanging over your land, the Maryland courts follow the “Hawaiian Rule” whereby the owner of the tree has […]

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Can a Maryland landlord charge you an early termination fee if you are evicted?

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First look at the lease agreement; this should have your answer. If it is not explicit in the agreement that there is an early termination fee that includes eviction, you may be able to contest any amount the landlord claims you owe for early termination. You should have an attorney review your lease and, if […]

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Maryland Property Deed Attorney: How to Remove Someone From a Property Deed/Title

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If the other person listed on your property deed is unwilling to cooperate with the sale of the property it could be possible to force them to sell by having an attorney file a Sale in Lieu of Partition. This is essentially a request to have the court order the sale of the property. There […]

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Baltimore Property Title Transfer Service: Maryland Homestead Credit Application

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The Homestead Credit limits the yearly increase in taxable assessments for qualifying Baltimore, Maryland property. Once the Maryland Homestead Credit is applied the county and municipality must limit taxable assessment increases to 10% or less each year. The application along with instructions can be found at this link. To ensure that your Maryland property Deed […]

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Maryland Landlord Tenant Attorney: Does My Landlord Have to Provide Me With a Copy of My Lease?

This is a recent question from a client that has been asked by others in the past. The short answer is YES, a Maryland landlord should provide you with a copy of the lease agreement. Though it is not uncommon for some landlords to stall or delay or simply not provide a copy when requested. […]

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Maryland Landlord Tenant Lawyer: Landlord Notice to Vacate and Termination of Lease

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I have encountered instances where a Maryland landlord has attempted to terminate a lease with a tenant before the end of the lease agreement. There are circumstances under which this is appropriate. The lease controls many of the landlord’s obligations, including notice and cause to terminate the lease. If a lease has expired and the […]

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