Landlord-Tenant

Ask a landlord-tenant lawyer and get answers ASAP

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

I have a tenant that I am working on evicting for nonpayment…

I have a tenant...

I have a tenant that I am working on evicting for nonpayment of rent. I received a text message on March 5th that she had moved out. Do I have the right to change the locks? The hearing date is on March 18th.

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?

Maryland - Baltimore County

Lawyer's Assistant: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?

We do any maintenance that needs to be done but it is her responsibility to have the carpets cleaned and I don't see that happening.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No just the simple question, can we change the locks. We have informed her that we will be there on Sunday to do a walkthrough.

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Landlord-Tenant Question
Answered in 1 minute by:
3/14/2018
LandlordTenantAnswer
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Satisfied Customers: 32,342
Experience: Landlord-Tenant Disputes, Leases, Evictions, Foreclosures.
Verified

Hi! I will be the professional that will be helping you today. I look forward to providing you with information to help with your question and concern

Ask Your Own Landlord-Tenant Question

Good morning. Are you going after her for the rent or just to evict her?

Ask Your Own Landlord-Tenant Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
At this point we want her out of the premises. She was supposed to be out February and did not leave or pay her rent. She sent me a text message on the 5th that she was out of the Townhouse even though the court date is the 19th.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
We informed her we would be there for a walkthrough on Sunday if she would like to be there and would like to change the locks at that time.

Thank you. if she has vacated the rental and you can confirm this and she has removed her items and the rental is now vacant, you could enter and change the locks to secure it and may not even need or want to proceed. The issue is now moot. if she has vacated and is not there, there does not need to be a court order to evict, so unless you are going after her for rent, it would be at your discretion to proceed. You could go now if you wanted to inspect it and see if there but if not and nothing remains, there should not be an issue changing the locks.

Ask Your Own Landlord-Tenant Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
What if she has left a lot of junk and mess but is not living there?

You have a text from her saying she has vacated, so you may want to then inform her of this and see if she is going to retrieve it or if you can dispose of it, so she does not try and come back and say you illegally removed it.

Ask Your Own Landlord-Tenant Question

Please let me know if you have any follow up questions or need any clarification on something which I stated above. Also, remember to rate my service at the top of this page, before exiting the site, so I can receive credit for my help. I hope you found it to be 5 STARS! Only rate my answer when you are 100% satisfied. If you feel the need to click either of the two lower ratings to the left, please stop and reply to me. I want to make sure your experience with the site was as pleasurable as possible and that you are satisfied with the help I provided.

Ask Your Own Landlord-Tenant Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you for your help. I just sent her a text message to please make sure all of her belongings are out of the house before the walk through. She is being very difficult even though the lease states we have the right to enter the premises without notice and have given her a weeks notice. Are we correct to assume that as of her notice that she had moved out, she is no longer a tenant?

You are welcome. Yes, if she has sent a text advising of the same, it would indicate she has vacated and moved out. Please let me know if there is anything else, as I would be happy to respond. If not, please remember to rate my help at this time at the top of this page, prior to leaving, so I can receive the proper credit, for our time together. A 5 STAR rating is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

LandlordTenantAnswer
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Satisfied Customers: 32,342
Experience: Landlord-Tenant Disputes, Leases, Evictions, Foreclosures.
Verified
LandlordTenantAnswer and 87 other Landlord-Tenant Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask LandlordTenantAnswer Your Own Question
LandlordTenantAnswer
LandlordTenantAnswer
LandlordTenantAnswer, Attorney
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Satisfied Customers: 32,342
32,342 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Landlord-Tenant Disputes, Leases, Evictions, Foreclosures.

LandlordTenantAnswer is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Thomas McJD

Thomas McJD

Lawyer

46 satisfied customers

Landlord-Tenant Law Expert

LegalWiseNC

LegalWiseNC

Attorney

0 satisfied customers

Licensed Attorney in North Carolina.

barristerinky

barristerinky

Attorney

4,430 satisfied customers

Attorney over 17 years, landlord 26 years

Infolawyer

Infolawyer

Attorney

2,264 satisfied customers

Experience representing landlords and tenants.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

1,379 satisfied customers

Licensed in multiple jurisdictions. Experienced Landlord-Tenant attorney.

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

1,295 satisfied customers

Attorney

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney

1,055 satisfied customers

I have handled Real Estate and Landlord Tenant matters for more than two decades.

< Previous | Next >

Related Landlord-Tenant Questions
Can you serve an eviction notice via email or text message
Can you serve an eviction notice via email or text message in North Carolina? … read more
LandlordTenantAnswer
LandlordTenantAnswer
Attorney
32,342 satisfied customers
California landlord tenant: The lease states that the rent
California landlord tenant: The lease states that the rent is due on the 20th, on the 21st the LL called & left 2 threatening messages stating that he wants the late fee included & if he did not recei… read more
LawGuy
LawGuy
Juris Doctor
123 satisfied customers
My tenant was notified in writing three months before her
Hi! My tenant was notified in writing three months before her lease expired that her lease will not be renewed (9/30/17). She refused to move out because she said she hasn't found a place to stay. I j… read more
LandlordTenantAnswer
LandlordTenantAnswer
Attorney
32,342 satisfied customers
My tenant moved out to avoid paying May's rent, she has also
My tenant moved out to avoid paying May's rent, she has also turned off the utilities but has refused to turn in the keys. When can I change the locks and begin cleaning up? … read more
LandlordTenantAnswer
LandlordTenantAnswer
Attorney
32,342 satisfied customers
I live in County Maryland. Can I be taken to court for rent
I live in Howard County Maryland. Can I be taken to court for rent that is not due yet? The trial date is May 5th. I received notice for trial for April re.t is … read more
KLAW
KLAW
Juris Doctorate
2,259 satisfied customers
I was in a month to month lease with my landlord. He suddenly
I was in a month to month lease with my landlord. He suddenly told me I had to move within 5 days so he could move his family in. He later stretched it an addition six days. I had 11 days total to adv… read more
Alex Esquire
Alex Esquire
Managing Attorney
Doctoral Degree
153 satisfied customers
I moved out of a rental recently. I had one small dog and
Hello. I moved out of a rental recently. I had one small dog and the house was 2500 sq ft. Before I moved out, I had the carpets cleaned professionally. The landlord came to look at the house before I… read more
Ely
Ely
Counselor at Law
Juris Doctor
1,295 satisfied customers
Live in Maryland. I rented a House Share. Month to Month
Live in Maryland. I rented a House Share. Month to Month with the agreement I would not leave until six months. I have a lease. Paid my security $ 475.00 to move in. On the first month. Rent was paid … read more
Christopher B, Esq
Christopher B, Esq
Attorney
Juris Doctor
1,847 satisfied customers
I have a tenant who is delinquent in rent payments and pet
I have a tenant who is delinquent in rent payments and pet deposits. Her lease has run out. She is in jail for drug sales involvement. I sent her two letters but don't think her friends took her mail … read more
LawTalk
LawTalk
Attorney
Juris Doctor
1,055 satisfied customers
I WAS told to change an illegal lock.I bought the lock at
I WAS told to change an illegal lock. I bought the lock at his suggestion and he installed it. i though i smelled something burning and tried to bang on his door. he never answered my cries. then i te… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I need to know what is legal in the state of NM. I have a
I need to know what is legal in the state of NM. I have a tenant that has always paid late. Meaning that she is due the first of the month and she has a 5 day grace period. After the 5th of the month,… read more
barristerinky
barristerinky
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
4,430 satisfied customers
On July 15, 2014, my tenant informed me that they would be
On July 15, 2014, my tenant informed me that they would be out of my house between 5-6PM ("We're almost all the way packed. We are letting the boys nap and then a friend with a truck is coming over , … read more
Dimitry K., Esq.
Dimitry K., Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
1,379 satisfied customers
I am a homeowner in charleston South Carolina. I have been
I am a homeowner in charleston South Carolina. I have been renting a room to a girl under a 6 month signed lease. It expired March 15th but in the original lease it stated that unless 30 days was give… read more
Law Pro
Law Pro
Doctoral Degree
19,000 satisfied customers
Hello, My tennant text me on 2/1/14 saying he is moving
Hello, My tennant text me on 2/1/14 saying he is moving out by 2/20/14. I called him to verify that same day, and he verbally changed his mind during the conversation saying he doesnt know what he wan… read more
Infolawyer
Infolawyer
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
2,264 satisfied customers
Im a new landlord and have had a tenant move out on March
I'm a new landlord and have had a tenant move out on March 1. I have gotten a cleaning done on this property and it was beyond "normal wear and tear". I got the receipt for this on 4/2. I have been in… read more
Tower Grove Lawyer
Tower Grove Lawyer
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
283 satisfied customers
I am a landlord and have a tenant I am having trouble with.
I am a landlord and have a tenant I am having trouble with. Her rent was due on Jan 1, 2013 with a five day grace period. As of today I have received no rent. But that is not really the most pressing … read more
Infolawyer
Infolawyer
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
2,264 satisfied customers
Ok so I live in this ladys rental house I am on a 1 year lease.
Ok so I live in this ladys rental house I am on a 1 year lease. She offers us to move to another one of her houses because it had a bigger garage which I liked so we did a walkthrough and I have copys… read more
lucy7368
lucy7368
Juris Doctor
763 satisfied customers
I am in the process of eviction, although, last night the tenants
I am in the process of eviction, although, last night the tenants left the key at my door AND they sent a text saying "see you in court" - we go the 24th. I am in the State of California There were re… read more
TaxAttorneytoHelp
TaxAttorneytoHelp
Owner
Doctoral Degree
2,542 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x