In Baltimore, the eviction process starts with the landlord filing a Notice of Intent to File 10 days before actually filing on a tenant. This gives the tenant an opportunity to respond and must be physically delivered.
Then, if the tenant does not answer, the process continues by serving the tenant with a notice to vacate the property. The notice period depends on the reason for the eviction, but it can range from 7 to 30 days.
If the tenant does not vacate the property after the notice period has expired, the landlord can file a complaint with the District Court of Baltimore City to start the formal eviction process. The court will then schedule a hearing, and both the landlord and tenant will have an opportunity to present their case.
If the court rules in favor of the landlord, a Writ for possession will be issued where the tenant will be given a set amount of time, usually 5-7 days, to vacate the property. If the tenant does not vacate, a 14 day notice of eviction must be certified mailed to the property and 7 days before the eviction a notice must be posted at the property before the sheriff can enter to take back possession of the property.