§ 11-137. Lease extensions to designated households
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MD Code, Real Property, § 11-137
§ 11-137. Lease extensions to designated households
(2) “Annual income” means the total income from all sources, of a designated household, for the income tax year immediately preceding the year in which the notice is given under § 11-102.1 of this title, whether or not included in the definition of gross income for federal or State tax purposes. For purposes of this section, the inclusions and exclusions from annual income are the same as those listed in § 9-104(a)(8) of the Tax--Property Article, “gross income” as that term is defined for the property tax credits for homeowners by reason of income and age, but shall not include unreimbursed medical expenses if the tenant provides reasonable evidence of the unreimbursed medical expenses or consents in writing to authorize disclosure of relevant information regarding medical expense reimbursement at the time of applying for an extended lease.
(8) “Unreimbursed medical expenses” means the cost of medical expenses not otherwise paid for by insurance or some other third party, including medical and hospital insurance premiums, co-payments, and deductibles; Medicare A and B premiums; prescription medications; dental care; vision care; and nursing care provided at home or in a nursing home or home for the aged.
(b) A developer may not grant a unit in a rental facility occupied by a designated household entitled to receive the notice required by § 11-102.1 of this title without offering to the tenant of the unit a lease extension for a period of at least 3 years from the giving of the notice required by § 11-102.1 of this title, if the household meets the following criteria:
(ii) Setting forth the household's annual income for the calendar year preceding the giving of the notice required by § 11-102.1 of this title together with reasonable supporting documentation of the household income and, where applicable, of unreimbursed medical expenses or a written authorization for disclosure of relevant information regarding medical expense reimbursement by doctors, hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, or similar persons, entities, or organizations that provide medical treatment coverage to the household;
(c) The developer shall deliver to each tenant entitled to receive the notice required by § 11-102.1 of this title, simultaneously with the notice:
(d) Within 75 days after the giving of the notice required by § 11-102.1 of this title, the developer shall notify each household which submits to the developer the documentation required by subsection (b)(3) of this section:
(e) Within 75 days after the giving of the notice required by § 11-102.1 of this title, the developer shall provide to any county, incorporated municipality, or housing agency which has a right to purchase units in the rental facility under § 11-139 of this title:
(f)(1) The extended lease shall provide for a term commencing on acceptance and terminating not less than 3 years from the giving of the notice required by § 11-102.1 of this title.
(2) Annually, on the commencement date of the extended lease, the rental fee for the unit may be increased. The increase may not exceed an amount determined by multiplying the annual rent for the preceding year by the percentage increase for the rent component of the U.S. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W)(1967 = 100), as published by the U.S. Department of Labor, for the most recent 12-month period.
(g) A designated household which exercises its rights under this section shall not be denied an opportunity to buy a unit at a later date, if one is available.
(h)(1) A designated household which executes an extended lease under this section which is accepted thereafter may not terminate its extended lease under § 11-102.1 of this title. A designated household may terminate its extended lease at any time, with notice to the developer or any subsequent titleholder as follows:
(i) The title to units subject to the provisions of this section may be granted to a person who is not a member of the designated household, provided that:
(j) The extended tenancy provided for in this section shall cease upon the occurrence of any of the following:
(k)(1) A developer shall set aside a percentage of the total number of units within a condominium for designated households. A developer is not required to grant extended leases covering more than 20 percent of the units within a condominium to designated households.
(l)(1) If a conversion to condominium involves substantial rehabilitation or reconstruction of such a nature that the work involved does not permit the continued occupancy of a unit because of danger to the health and safety of the tenants, then any designated household executing an extended lease under the provisions of this section may be required to vacate their unit not earlier than the expiration of the 180-day period and to relocate at the expense of the developer in a comparable unit in the rental facility to permit such work to be performed.
(2) If there is no comparable unit available, then the designated household may be required to vacate the rental facility. When the work is completed, the developer shall notify the household of its completion. The household shall have 30 days from the date of that notice to return to their original or a comparable rental unit. The term of the extended lease of that household shall begin upon their return to the rental unit.
(m)(1) The developer shall pay households that qualify as to income under subsection (b)(1) of this section $375 when the household vacates the unit and for moving expenses as defined in § 11-101 of this title in excess of $375 up to $750 which are actually and reasonably incurred. The household shall make a written request for reimbursement accompanied by reasonable evidence of the costs incurred within 30 days of moving. The developer shall reimburse the household within 30 days following receipt of the request.
(2) If a household does not qualify as to income under subsection (b)(1) of this section, the developer shall reimburse moving expenses as defined in § 11-101 of this title, up to $750, actually and reasonably incurred to the designated households eligible under this subsection. The designated household shall make a written request for reimbursement accompanied by reasonable evidence of the costs incurred within 30 days of moving. The developer shall reimburse the designated household within 30 days following receipt of the request.
(5) A developer shall also reimburse moving expenses as defined in § 11-101 of this title, up to $750, actually and reasonably incurred, to a designated household who returns to their rental unit under subsection (l)(2) of this section. The designated household shall make a written request for reimbursement accompanied by reasonable evidence of the costs incurred within 30 days following the designated household's return. The developer shall reimburse the designated household within 30 days following receipt of the request.
(n)(1)(i) The Secretary of State shall prepare income eligibility figures for each county and standard metropolitan statistical area of the State.
(2) Except in Baltimore City, a county or incorporated municipality may by law, ordinance, or resolution select from the figures prepared by the Secretary of State under paragraph (1)(ii) of this subsection, the applicable income eligibility figure or figures to be used in the county or incorporated municipality.
Added by Acts 1981, c. 246, § 1, eff. July 1, 1981. Amended by Acts 1982, c. 836, § 3; Acts 1983, c. 8; Acts 1984, c. 255; Acts 1984, c. 525; Acts 1984, c. 575; Acts 1985, c. 480, § 1; Acts 1985, c. 510; Acts 1985, c. 550; Acts 1989, c. 5, § 1; Acts 1996, c. 10, § 1, eff. April 9, 1996; Acts 1997, c. 14, § 1, eff. April 8, 1997; Acts 1998, c. 21, § 1, eff. April 14, 1998; Acts 2005, c. 25, § 1, eff. April 12, 2005; Acts 2006, c. 370, § 1, eff. May 2, 2006; Acts 2006, c. 451, § 1, eff. May 16, 2006.
MD Code, Real Property, § 11-137, MD REAL PROP § 11-137
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