Maryland Standard Residential Lease Agreement Template

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The Maryland standard residential lease agreement is designated for landlords and tenants seeking a fixed-term arrangement, usually of one (1) year, with monthly payments to be made on the first (1st) of each month. After the tenant commits to renting a residential property, the landlord will usually ask that they undergo a background check through the rental application. Once approved, the landlord will decide upon the security deposit, which can be an amount equal to a maximum of two (2) months’ rent.

LawsMaryland Code, Real Property, Title 8 – Landlord and Tenant

Handbook – Landlords and Tenants: Tips on Avoiding Disputes

Required Disclosures (5)

Agent/Landlord Identification (§ 8-210) – The landlord and any agents/managers allowed in the premises must be named.

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – Only required for residences built prior to 1978.

Move-in/Move-out Checklist (§  8-203.1(a)) – A list documenting the dwelling unit inspection by the landlord in the tenant’s presence.

Habitability (§ 8–208) – A statement detailing how the property will be in a condition that permits basic habitation.

Security Deposit Receipt (§ 8–203) – A receipt must be given to the tenant when deposits are made. The receipt must also include the tenant’s rights as listed in § 8–203.1.

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