City facilities will remain closed to the public until at least June 14. The City is working to implement its Phased Service Restoration Plan, which will be announced to the public the week of June 8.
The City of Gaithersburg Office of Landlord-Tenant Affairs encourages tenants facing financial difficulties to contact their landlord to discuss their situation and potential payment arrangements. Landlords experiencing difficulties should contact their mortgage companies to discuss payment forbearance.
There is a temporary eviction moratorium in place in the State of Maryland. The moratorium prohibits landlords from removing renters from their homes for any reason. Maryland State law requires landlords to obtain an eviction order from the courts prior to proceeding with an eviction. As of May 22, the stay on residential evictions orders shall be lifted effective July 25, 2020, pending further Order of the Chief Judge of Court of Appeals. If a landlord attempts to unlawfully remove a tenant during this moratorium, the tenant can call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.
During the eviction moratorium, landlords are permitted to issue eviction notices pursuant to their lease agreements and to pursue collection actions. However, no court action will be administered as long as the eviction moratorium remains in effect and/or the courts are closed.
Renters who can secure payment arrangements or agreements with landlords will be better positioned when the eviction moratorium is lifted. In the event a renter has funds to pay the remaining rent due after the moratorium is lifted, the landlord must accept payment in full and cancel any eviction proceedings.
Additionally, it is requested that the following practices be restricted during the COVID-19 state of emergency:
- Assessment of late fees on rent payments
- Rent increases on lease renewals
- Showing of occupied properties
Residents with questions or concerns can contact the Office of Landlord-Tenant Affairs directly by calling 301-258-6340 or emailing email@example.com.