I have not received a response for you so I will provide general information on illegal evictions.
“Maryland landlords must follow specific rules and procedures when evicting a tenant (see the article How Evictions Work: What Renters Need to Know, on this site). The state forbids landlords from taking the law into their own hands. Examples of illegal “self-help” evictions include changing the locks, removing the front door, or turning off the heat or electricity—all of which may be the basis for a tenant suing a landlord. damages are determined by the court in Maryland.”
“A tenant may come home to his apartment to find that the landlord has changed the locks or cut off an essential service such as gas, heat, water, electricity, etc. to which the tenant is entitled. Such action usually follows a tenant being behind in rent,staying after the day the tenant was to vacate the apartment, or is simply the result of an argument between the tenant and landlord. Sometimes it is the result of the landlord’s failure to pay a utility bill he is responsible for under the terms of the lease. The landlord may not take possession or threaten to take possession of the leased premises or tenant’s property without a court order or unless the tenant has abandoned the property. Read the Law: MD Code Real Prop. § 8-216 (link is external)
The landlord cannot legally cut off or diminish essential services such as gas, electricity, water, heat, etc., to which tenant is entitled. The landlord’s failure to provide an essential service does not give the tenant the right to stop payment of rent, but it may make the tenant eligible for rent escrow relief. Read the Law: MD Code Real Prop. § 8-211 (link is external), MD Code Real Prop. § 8-216 (link is external) & Public Local Laws of Baltimore City § 9-9 (link is external)
In addition, a landlord who locks out a tenant or reduces essential services can be sued for a breach of the covenant of quiet enjoyment by the tenant. The tenant would be able to ask for damages including, but not limited to lost or damaged property, cost of a motel and food, storage fees and reasonable attorneys' fees. A tenant who is denied entry to the property may also sue the landlord for similar damages for constructive eviction. The landlord could also be held liable for the difference the tenant must pay for rent in a new property. Read the Law: MD Code Real Prop. § 8-216 (link is external)”
Evictions cannot be retaliatory https://www.peoples-law.org/retaliatory-evictions
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