AOBA to Oppose “Just Cause Eviction Bill;” Members Urged to Engage

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Legislation has been introduced again this year in the Maryland General Assembly that would prohibit a rental housing provider from refusing to renew a lease without “just cause.” Sponsored by Senator Lisa Gladden (D-41), the bill would make it much more difficult for a rental housing provider to remove a problem tenant. Unless the tenant failed to pay rent when due, made a substantial breach of the terms of the lease, or met specified other just cause criteria, the rental housing provider would be barred from evicting the tenant. SB 181 would cause more litigation for rental housing providers as tenants would contest the cause of their eviction.

AOBA will oppose this bill, which will be heard by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 1:00 p.m. We would welcome AOBA members testifying against the bill and submitting testimony in opposition to the legislation. Contact Ron Wineholt for further details at rwineholt@aoba-metro.org.