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Good afternoon. I am Loren, a licensed attorney for over 30 yrs, and I look forward to assisting you.
Does your aunt have a written lease currently in effect? If yes, when does it expire?
Does it have any provision for early termination?
Is the landlord willing to release the tenancy?
Thank you for the additional information. I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
Unfortunately, Maryland law, unlike some other states, does not provide for lease termination due to an elderly tenant no longer being able to live independently.
However, if there is a provision for early termination then she can exercise that contractual right to cut off further liability. That is certainly relatively better than being on the hook, potentially, until the end of the lease term.
I realize this is probably not the answer you were hoping to receive. Also, please remember that this is not a moral judgement on my part. As a professional, however, I am sometimes placed in the position of having to deliver news which is not favorable to a customer's legal position, but accurately reflects their position under the law. I hate it, but it happens and I only ask that you not penalize me with a bad or poor rating for having to deliver less than favorable news.