Maryland Business Regulation Section 7-101

Article – Business Regulation § 7-101.       (a)      In this title the following words have the meanings indicated.       (b)      “Board” means the State Collection Agency Licensing Board.       (c)      “Collection agency” means a person who:             (1)      engages directly or indirectly in the business of collecting for, or soliciting from another, a consumer…

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 Donegal Assocs., LLC v. Christie-Scott, LLC

The Appellate Court of Maryland (under the then-named Maryland Court of Special Appeals) further defined the permitted-but-not-encouraged actions of self-help repossession in Donegal Assocs., LLC v. Christie-Scott, LLC, 248 Md. App. 448 (2020) by setting out a three-step inquiry approach: (1) Is the tenant in default under the terms of the lease; (2) Do the terms…

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Self-Help. Ok or Not? Commercial Property

Self-Help. Ok or Not? Commercial Property“Self-help,” in a leasing context, typically refers to the landlord’s historical remedy of locking out a defaulting tenant and obtaining possession of the premises without going through judicial procedures. Traditionally under the common law, a landlord was subject to few limitations in choosing its remedies against a defaulting tenant, including…

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Maryland Court of Appeals Re-Affirms the Landlord Self-Help Remedy

Maryland Court of Appeals Re-Affirms the Landlord Self-Help RemedyWhat is “self-help”? Self-help is the act of peacefully enforcing one’s rights without resorting to the court process.  Self-help is legal in Maryland as long as it is reasonable, peaceful, and does not violate some other law.  The difficulty or complexity in implementing self-help is not to…

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Montgomery County Council Passes 6% Cap On New Rent Increases

Story found on DCist.com – by Morgan Baskin The Montgomery County Council voted 7-4 on Tuesday to implement a sweeping rent stabilization law governing how much most property owners can charge the roughly 35% of county residents who rent their homes – making it among the largest jurisdictions in the country to pass such a…

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