Evictions in Baltimore City of Baltimore

Procedures for tenants and landlords

  • Landlord Scheduling and Notifying Tenant of the Date of Eviction
  • What Happens When the Sheriff Comes to do the Eviction
  • Landlord Disposal of Property Left After the Eviction

Baltimore City Code, Article 13, Subtitle 8A

Step One:

  • Judge Issues an “Order of Warrant of Restitution”
    • The District Court mails the signed Warrant of Restitution to the tenant and the landlord

Step Two:

  • Scheduling an Eviction
    • After the signed warrant is delivered to the Sheriff’s office (5-10 days), the landlord calls the Sheriff at 410-396-7412- to schedule the eviction. The eviction must be scheduled far enough in advance to give the landlord time to provide notice

Step Three:

  • Landlord Notifies Tenant of Date of Scheduled Eviction
    • Mail the notice to the tenant by first class mail with a certificate of mailing at least 14 days in advance of the eviction date
    • Post the notice on the premises at least 7 days in advance of the eviction date

Step Four:

  • What the Tenant must do before the eviction date
    • Pay to redeem (‘Pay and Stay”). Unless the Judge checked the box on the Warrant of Restitution and says “Without Right of Redemption,” the tenant has the right to pay the amount ordered by the Judge to the landlord in cash, certified check, or money order prior to the beginning of the actual eviction. Paying the redemption amount will cancel the eviction.
    • Or, Move Out. The only way for tenants to protect their belongings is to move them out before the eviction date, return the keys and tell the landlord they have vacated the unit.  

Step Five:

  • At the Eviction – When the Sheriff arrives to do the eviction:
    • The landlord or an agent must be present to change the locks on the property and take back possession – The Sheriff’s former policy of a minimum number of landlord workers in no longer in effect

Step Six

  • Disposal of property after the eviction
    • When the Sheriff returns possession of the property to the landlord and the landlord changes the locks, any of the tenant’s personal property left in or around the rental unit is considered abandoned. The tenant has no right to the property. The landlord’s only obligation for abandoned property is to properly dispose of it.