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§ 8-207. Duty of aggrieved party to mitigate damages

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, § 8-207
§ 8-207. Duty of aggrieved party to mitigate damages
In general
(a) The aggrieved party in a breach of a lease has a duty to mitigate damages if the damages result from the landlord's or tenant's:
(1) Failure to supply possession of the dwelling unit;
(2) Failure or refusal to take possession at the beginning of the term; or
(3) Termination of occupancy before the end of the term.
No obligation to lease vacated unit in preference to other units
(b) The provisions of subsection (a) of this section do not impose an obligation to show or lease the vacated dwelling unit in preference to other available units.
Sublease of unit where tenant does not take possession or vacates
(c) If a tenant wrongly fails or refuses to take possession of or vacates the dwelling unit before the end of the tenant's term, the landlord may sublet the dwelling unit without prior notice to the tenant in default. The tenant in default is secondarily liable for rent for the term of the tenant's original agreement in addition to the tenant's liability for consequential damages resulting from the tenant's breach, if the landlord gives the tenant prompt notice of any default by the sublessee.
Waiver of section prohibited
(d) No provision in this section may be waived in any lease.


Added by Acts 1974, c. 12, § 2, eff. July 1, 1974. Amended by Acts 1999, c. 219, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1999.
Formerly Art. 21, § 8-218.
MD Code, Real Property, § 8-207, MD REAL PROP § 8-207
Current through legislation effective through April 9, 2023, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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