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§ 8-215. Compliance with risk reduction requirements

West's Annotated Code of MarylandReal PropertyEffective: January 1, 2012

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Real Property (Refs & Annos)
Title 8. Landlord and Tenant (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 2. Residential Leases (Refs & Annos)
Effective: January 1, 2012
MD Code, Real Property, § 8-215
§ 8-215. Compliance with risk reduction requirements
Definitions
(a) In this section, “affected property” and “owner” have the meanings stated in § 6-801 of the Environment Article.
Written request for release from lease
(b)(1) If an owner of an affected property fails to comply with the applicable risk reduction standard under § 6-815 or § 6-819 of the Environment Article, the owner, on the written request of the tenant, shall:
(i) Immediately release the tenant from the terms of the lease or rental agreement for that property; and
(ii) Pay to the tenant all reasonable relocation expenses, not to exceed $2,500, directly related to the permanent relocation of the tenant to a lead-free dwelling unit or another dwelling unit that has satisfied the risk reduction standard in accordance with § 6-815 of the Environment Article.
(2) A tenant's written request to the landlord under paragraph (1) of this subsection shall include any risk reduction certification information provided by the Department of the Environment.
(3) Within 3 business days of receipt of a tenant's written request under paragraph (1) of this subsection, an owner may provide to the tenant:
(i) A current and valid risk reduction certificate;
(ii) A lead-free certificate;
(iii) A statement of verification by the owner and tenant of work performed in accordance with § 6-819(g) of the Environment Article for the affected property; or
(iv) The final report of an inspector verifying that work was performed on the affected property in accordance with § 6-819(g) of the Environment Article.
Actions by tenant brought in District Court
(c)(1) If an owner fails to provide information in accordance with subsection (b)(3) of this section or to comply with the tenant's written request under subsection (b)(1) of this section within 3 business days of receipt of the request, the tenant may bring an action in District Court for the:
(i) Lease termination;
(ii) Reimbursement of reasonable relocation expenses; and
(iii) Reasonable attorney's fees.
(2) A tenant does not have a cause of action under this subsection if the owner of an affected property provides information in accordance with subsection(b)(3) of this section.
Other rights and remedies
(d) The right of a tenant to request release in accordance with subsection (b) of this section does not preclude the tenant from pursuing any other right or remedy available to the tenant at law or equity and is in addition to them.
Construction of section with civil actions or administrative proceedings
(e) Any action or inaction of the owner of an affected property or tenant under this section or any finding in a proceeding under this section may not be construed to have any effect on:
(1) Any civil action; or
(2) Any administrative proceeding brought under this title or Title 6 of the Environment Article.

Credits

Added by Acts 2008, c. 420, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2008; Acts 2008, c. 421, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2008. Amended by Acts 2011, c. 65, § 5, eff. April 12, 2011.
MD Code, Real Property, § 8-215, MD REAL PROP § 8-215
Current with all legislation from the 2021 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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