What Is a Breach of Contract in Real Estate?

Contracts govern a wide variety of situations involving real estate. You must sign a real estate contract when you buy or sell a property. In addition, a rental or lease of property is a contractual relationship between a landlord and a tenant. Like other types of[ ... ]

What Is an Action for Partition?

An action for partition is a lawsuit brought by a party (or parties) against another to force the division or sale of real estate. These actions can arise when two or more people co-own property and are in dispute over what to do with it. Sometimes co-owners of homes where[ ... ]

Proposed Changes to Maryland Eviction Rules

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, changes to Maryland eviction rules have been proposed. Citing the worsening housing situation due to the virus, state lawmakers and rental housing advocates recently unveiled the “2021 Housing Justice Package.” The package includes se[ ... ]

Title or Deed: Which One Do You Need?

You’ve been working for months on that complex real estate transaction, and it’s finally coming together. Just a little paperwork left to be completed, and you’ll be ready to receive the deed. Or wait—is it the title? Most of the public uses the two terms interchangea[ ... ]

The Responsibilities of a Rental Property Owner

Owning a commercial or residential rental property comes with responsibilities. The most basic responsibility is proper upkeep and maintenance, to ensure the tenants can use the property as intended. Additional responsibilities are defined by federal, state, and local laws. F[ ... ]

Have You Tested Your Home for Radon? 

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It’s a natural gas that occurs as radium in soil breaks down, and it can seep into homes and buildings through cracks in the foundation, drains, and other openings. The Environmental Protection Agency sa[ ... ]

Understanding the Maryland Disclosure/Disclaimer Form

In a previous blog, we wrote about latent defects, and how they apply to buying and selling residential property. When sellers are aware of latent defects (such as termite damage or a sewer line clogged with tree roots), they must disclose those defects on a Maryland Residenti[ ... ]