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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on May 14, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Maryland, we recommend that you visit the state's COVID-19 Business Response website or the Department of Human Services' Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources.

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Description of Program and Relief

Suspension of Foreclosure and Eviction Proceedings, and Moratorium on Evictions of Tenants Suffering Substantial Loss of Income Due to COVID-19

The Maryland Court of Appeals has suspended all foreclosure and eviction proceedings for residential properties during the State of Emergency.

The governor has also ordered that residential, commercial, and industrial tenants may not be evicted for failure to pay rent if that failure can be shown to be a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

These suspensions do not alter the obligations of tenants or homeowners to make timely payments and otherwise comply with the terms of their leases or mortgages.

Government or Lead Agency

State of Maryland

Dates Available

Effective immediately and until the end of the State of Emergency

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

The Maryland Court of Appeals has suspended all eviction and foreclosure proceedings for residential properties during the state of emergency.

Separately, for residential, commercial, or industrial tenants seeking to prevent a landlord from evicting them for failure to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tenant must be able to show that the COVID-19 outbreak or related state of emergency was the cause of the inability to pay rent. The loss of income can include job loss, reduction in hours, or the need to stay home to care for a home-bound school-aged child, among other reasons.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


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List of Additional Information

View the Maryland Court of Appeals Administrative Order and the Governor’s Executive Order below:

Administrative Order on Suspension of Foreclosures and Evictions

Executive Order Temporarily Prohibiting Evictions Due to COVID-19

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