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Under Maryland law, if a landlord fails to repair serious or dangerous defects in a rental unit, you have the right to pay your rent into an escrow
account established at the local district court. But the law is very specific about the conditions under which rent may be placed in escrow. You must give the landlord proper notice and adequate time to make the repairs before you have the right to place rent in escrow. The escrow account can only be set up by the court.
The serious or dangerous conditions include:
•Lack of heat, light, electricity or water, unless you are responsible for the utilities
and the utilities were shut off because you didn't pay the bill.
•Lack of adequate sewage disposal; rodent infestation in two or more units.
•Lead paint hazards that the landlord has failed to reduce.
•The existence of any structural
defect that presents a serious threat to your physical safety.
•The existence of any condition that presents a serious fire or health hazard.
Rent escrow is not provided for defects that just make the apartment
or home less attractive or comfortable.
Here's a good link you can read: https://www.oag.state.md.us/consumer/landlords.htm#escrow
If you don't have the right to withhold rent and escrow the funds, you still can sue the new landlord for repairs and seek a judgment for the amount at issue.