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How to Resolve a Lease Dispute

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, a lease dispute can be stressful, disruptive and a source of unnecessary expense and hassle. Fortunately, for those faced with determining how to resolve a lease dispute, you don’t have to deal with it alone. Maryland landlord-tenant law attorney Rebekah Lusk, who leads the Landlord/Tenant practice at Lusk Law, LLC, understands what you are going through and is available to help with issues involving breach of a lease. Lusk Law also manages a wide variety of other landlord/tenant cases including failure to pay rent, wrongful detainer, tenant holding over, and violations of the Consumer Protection Act. Rebekah is also a landlord, so she knows from firsthand experience how to find solutions for both commercial and residential legal disputes. Call Lusk Law, LLC today at (443) 535-9715 to schedule an appointment to learn more about how we can help you resolve your dispute.…

Understanding the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act Provides Benefits When You or Family Members Get Sick On Jan. 12, 2018, Maryland became the ninth state to adopt a mandatory sick leave statute, when the Maryland General Assembly overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of legislation requiring Maryland employers to provide sick and safe leave to their employees. Known as the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, this law provides employees with up to 40 hours of sick and safe leave each year and went into effect on Feb. 11, 2018. Who is Affected? The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act applies to all employers, including state and local governments, in the state of Maryland. However, the law distinguishes between large and small employers. For employers with 14 or fewer employees, leave may be provided on an unpaid basis. For employers with 15 or more employees, sick and safe leave is paid at the employee’s…

How to Classify an Independent Contractor vs. an Employee

When your business grows to the point where you need to have people doing work for you, you are faced with making an important decision.  Are these workers employees or are they independent contractors? How these workers are classified makes a big difference. Business owners have responsibilities under federal and state taxation laws that differ for employees and independent contractors. Workers who are classified as employees have certain rights and protections that independent contractors do not: Protection from discrimination Coverage under workers’ compensation unemployment insurance Coverage under minimum wage and overtime laws. While many business owners prefer to pay workers as independent contractors to avoid dealing with the responsibilities and costs of having employees, business owners must be aware that the penalties for misclassification are severe. Even if this error has been made innocently, if it is determined that a worker should be classified as an employee and not an…

Maryland COVID Eviction Rules

The COVID-19 pandemic has created problems and confusion for both landlords trying to collect rent and for tenants who are struggling to pay it. The fact that Maryland COVID eviction rules keep changing adds to the confusion. Tenants who become ill or lose their jobs due to the virus may be unable to make rent payments, but landlords who depend on this money to pay their own bills need to be paid. While no landlord wishes to evict a tenant who cannot pay rent due to the epidemic, as landlords face their own COVID-related problems and lost income, they may find themselves with no choice but to replace delinquent tenants with tenants who can pay their rent. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant faced with eviction issues, Maryland landlord-tenant law attorney Rebekah Lusk, who leads the Landlord/Tenant practice at Lusk Law, LLC, understands what you are going through and…

The Top 5 Legal Mistakes Maryland Landlords Make

While it is nice to earn income by renting property, it won’t be worth it if you make legal mistakes and end up being sued in a landlord-tenant dispute. If you are considering becoming a landlord in Maryland, it makes sense to consult a skilled landlord/tenant lawyer to review your documents and practices to make sure they are all legal and your interests are protected. At Lusk Law, LLC, we can help prevent landlord legal claims from happening and keep you from making costly mistakes. The Top 5 Legal Mistakes Maryland Landlords Make The Maryland Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Division, offers tips for avoiding landlord/tenant disputes.  By reviewing these, you can prevent costly legal battles.  Here are some of the most common legal mistakes landlords make: 1. Asking Discriminating Questions of Potential Renters Under the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 as amended,…

Rentals and Covid-19

During the past few months there has been an increase in the number of people who have been affected by COVID-19, either directly or indirectly. In response to the devastation that COVID-19 has caused, some Maryland counties have taken steps to provide relief to their citizens due to the difficult times that COVID-19 has placed on their lives.  In addition, the State of Maryland has issued Moratoriums to restrict the eviction process and a Court Order that outlines when cases will be heard, including landlord-tenant cases. This is a summary of some of the new laws, legislation, Orders, and Moratoriums that have either passed or are pending on the County level and State level. This by no means a complete analysis of the laws provided in each county or all laws that have been passed throughout the state of Maryland. If you need to know if the new orders and…

Lusk Law Client Spotlight: EquiLearn Institute

At Lusk Law, we work hard to meet our clients’ needs, earn their trust, and build lasting relationships with them. As a small business ourselves, we have a deep understanding of the hard work, determination, and passion that’s required to build a successful company from the ground up. Our Client Spotlight series is designed to recognize outstanding businesses serving our community. This month, we’d like to celebrate the EquiLearn Institute LLC, a company dedicated to delivering quality education in equine and canine health care. The EquiLearn Institute is owned and operated by Courtney Molino, RVT, CERP, EEBW, CCRA, ESMT, CCMT, FEI Permitted Equine Therapist. She also owns Hands on Horses LLC, which focuses on equine and canine rehabilitation and bodywork. Courtney lives in Elkridge with her husband and 7-year-old son, along with their golden retriever and bunny. She also has a TB/Clyde mare, which she keeps boarded in Sykesville. How…

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

Please find this memo to be a summary of information that covers the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that is part of the CARES ACT. This memo is by no means a complete analysis of the program, and should not be taken as direct legal advice. Please contact Lusk Law, LLC for any specific legal questions questions regarding Paycheck Protection Program. This program provides a unique opportunity for self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors who may not receive a paycheck, as the program permits you to include net earnings from self-employment as calculation towards payroll. This program will offer self-employed individuals protection during these challenging times. WHO MAY BORROW: Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees (including nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors) are eligible. Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries. If you are unsure of your business…

FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT MEMO

Please find this memo to be a compressive list of information that covers the new Families First Coronavirus Act. This memo is by no means a complete analysis of the law, and should not be taken as direct legal advice. Please contact Lusk Law, LLC for any specific legal questions regarding Families First Coronavirus Response Act.   When:             Passed on March 18, 2020 but takes effect on April 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020 Who:               Employers with less than 500 employees What:              After April 1, 2020   Paid sick leave: up to two weeks or 10 days (80-hour cap) for full-time employees: The employee is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19. (must be paid at the employee’s required compensation) The employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19. (must be paid…

Lusk Law Client Spotlight: CK Electric

At Lusk Law LLC — Advocates for Life’s Obstacles and Opportunities — we work hard to meet our clients’ needs, earn their trust, and build lasting relationships with them. As a small business ourselves, we have a deep understanding of the hard work, determination, and passion that’s required to build a successful company from the ground up. Our Client Spotlight series is designed to recognize outstanding businesses serving our community. This month, we’d like to celebrate CK Electric, a veteran-owned and operated company based in Sykesville with a mission of providing high-quality electrical work at an affordable price. CK Electric is owned by Carl Kirkpatrick and his wife, Nancy, who moved to the area from Montgomery County, attracted by the more rural lifestyle. Originally from Haynesville, Louisiana, Carl is a disabled veteran of the United States Marine Corps who spent eight years honorably serving his country with tours in Japan,…