If you’ve ever been the victim of a self-help eviction — in which your landlord locks you out of your apartment with little or no notice — it might have felt downright medieval. And in fact, it is. Last year Maryland’s Court of Appeals ruled that a 600-year-old English law affirming a landlord’s ability to make a tenant homeless in the blink of an eye still holds. But now there’s pending legislation to catapult our state’s eviction laws from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.
As the Baltimore Sun notes, “there is little known opposition to the bill.” Let’s hope it stays that way. I don’t even want to imagine the contorted logic that would support an instant, non-validated eviction.
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