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Prince George's County Lifts Most COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses

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Prince George's County Lifts Most COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses

Per County Executive Alsobrooks, beginning TODAY, May 17, at 5:01 PM, all indoor and outdoor venues in Prince George's County may resume normal operations. Face masks are still required for all indoor venues, while on public transportation, and at crowded outdoor venues including concert venues... Continue Reading

05/17/2021


Governor Hogan Eases Remaining COVID-19 Restrictions on Public Gatherings and Businesses

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Governor Hogan Eases Remaining COVID-19 Restrictions on Public Gatherings and Businesses

Effective Saturday, May 15, State restrictions on indoor entertainment venues, conventions and other businesses will be lifted. Restaurants can return to 100% capacity both indoors and outdoors; restrictions on outdoor sports, entertainment and art venues are also being lifted. The only... Continue Reading

05/14/2021


Maryland Security Deposit Interest Rate is 1.5% for 2021

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Maryland Security Deposit Interest Rate is 1.5% for 2021

The interest rate payable on residential security deposits in Maryland is 1.5 percent for amounts accruing during calendar year 2021. Changes to state law in 2014 and 2015 altered the interest rate for residential security deposits and provided for the monthly accrual of interest effective Jan. 1,... Continue Reading

01/5/2021


Maryland District Court to Remain in Phase 2 Reopening Until March 14, 2021

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Maryland District Court to Remain in Phase 2 Reopening Until March 14, 2021

On December 22, Chief Judge Barbera issued an new administrative order requiring the Judiciary to remain in Phase 2 operations through March 14, 2021. Clerks’ offices in the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts throughout the state will remain open to the public for emergency... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
12/23/2020


Maryland District Court Restricts Landlord/Tenant Actions Effective Nov. 16

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Maryland District Court Restricts Landlord/Tenant Actions Effective Nov. 16

Effective November 16 through December 31, 2020, the District Court will only hear specific landlord/tenant matters as District Court operations are restricted to Phase III operations. In Phase III, the District Court will hear limited actions including criminal cases,... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
11/19/2020


COVID-19 Update: Prince George's County Issues New Phase 2 Requirements

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COVID-19 Update: Prince George's County Issues New Phase 2 Requirements

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has announced updated Phase 2 requirements starting Sunday, November 15 at 5:00 pm . Face coverings are now required outdoors in any public location in Prince George's County. Face coverings are still required for all indoor public locations and on public... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
11/16/2020


District Court Suspends In-Court Hearings in Response to New COVID-19 Numbers

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District Court Suspends In-Court Hearings in Response to New COVID-19 Numbers

On Nov. 11, in response to the spike in COVID-19 cases in Maryland, the District Court announced a suspension of in-court hearings and proceedings effective November 16. The Court will contact parties and counsel regarding any scheduled in-court proceedings; some may be transferred to virtual... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
11/12/2020


COVID-19 Update: Montgomery County Revises Capacity Limits for Businesses

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COVID-19 Update: Montgomery County Revises Capacity Limits for Businesses

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, after consultation with County Health Officer Travis Gayles and based on data, has issued Executive Order 122-20 that will reduce capacity limits for businesses, including restaurants and retail establishments. Among the changes in the order are those... Continue Reading

by Nicola Y. Whiteman, Esq.
11/10/2020


Governor Hogan Amends April 3 Eviction Executive Order

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Governor Hogan Amends April 3 Eviction Executive Order

On Friday Oct. 16, Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order temporarily prohibiting evictions of tenants suffering a substantial loss of income due to COVID-19, prohibiting repossessions of chattel housing, restricting the initiation of residential foreclosures and prohibiting commercial... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
10/19/2020


Effective October 1, Source of Income is a Protected Class Across the State of Maryland

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Effective October 1, Source of Income is a Protected Class Across the State of Maryland

During the 2020 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, legislators passed the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act which prohibits a housing provider from refusing to rent a unit to a resident because of the source of income used to pay their rent. This law becomes effective today,... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
10/1/2020


How Will the CDC Eviction Order Impact Maryland?

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How Will the CDC Eviction Order Impact Maryland?

Per guidance from Judge Morrissey, Chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Order regarding evictions--effective on Sept. 4, 2020—will be considered an affirmative defense for a Failure to Pay Rent... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
09/9/2020


Evictions Guidance from the District Court as Maryland Judiciary Enters Phase 3 Reopening

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Evictions Guidance from the District Court as Maryland Judiciary Enters Phase 3 Reopening

On July 17, the District Court provided communication regarding landlord/tenant actions during phase 3 of Maryland Judiciary’s reopening plan.The Court entered Phase 3 reopening on Monday, July 20, 2020. During this phase, the District Court will begin handling rent escrow actions (provided... Continue Reading

by Erin Bradley
07/21/2020