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§ 8-206. Montgomery County; retaliatory evictions

West's Annotated Code of MarylandReal Property

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Real Property (Refs & Annos)
Title 8. Landlord and Tenant (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 2. Residential Leases (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Real Property, § 8-206
§ 8-206. Montgomery County; retaliatory evictions
Retaliatory evictions defined
(a) Evictions described in subsection (b) of this section are called “retaliatory evictions”.
Retaliatory evictions prohibited in Montgomery County
(b) No landlord may evict a tenant of any residential property in Montgomery County because:
(1) The tenant has filed a complaint against the landlord with any public agency;
(2) The tenant has filed a lawsuit against the landlord; or
(3) The tenant is a member of any tenants' organization.
Judgments for defendant
(c) If the judgment is in favor of the tenant in any eviction proceeding for any of the defenses in subsection (b) of this section, the court may enter judgment for reasonable attorney fees and court costs against the landlord.
Legislation related to landlord-tenant affairs
(d) Nothing in this section restricts the authority of Montgomery County to legislate in the area of landlord-tenant affairs.
Enforcement procedures
(e) In addition to any other remedies provided under this title, Montgomery County may, by local law, establish authorization for a local agency to invoke enforcement procedures upon an administrative determination that a proposed eviction is retaliatory as prohibited by State or local law. These enforcement procedures may include injunctive or other equitable relief.


Added by Acts 1974, c. 12, § 2, eff. July 1, 1974. Amended by Acts 1979, c. 275.
Formerly Art. 21, § 8-213.1.
MD Code, Real Property, § 8-206, MD REAL PROP § 8-206
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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