Whether you are a landlord or tenant, or your lease is commercial or residential, it is vital that you understand how recent changes to laws enacted in response to the pandemic affect rent and other obligations under lease agreements.
As a result of COVID-19, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia have each enacted legislation with specific requirements for landlords and tenants. Some of the laws impose requirements on landlords to take affirmative steps, such as establishing rent payment relief programs and implementing enhanced cleaning procedures. Other requirements limit a landlord’s ability to enforce provisions of a lease, including limitations on rent increases and moratoriums on evictions. Still others provide assistance and mandate flexibility for tenants that are struggling to meet their obligations.
In addition to helping our clients understand and comply with COVID-19 related laws that affect their lease obligations, we also can assist in working out negotiated agreements between the parties that take into account their specific circumstances.
At Press, Dozier & Hamelburg, we work with landlords, and with tenants, who need help understanding their obligations and options relating to commercial and residential leases. Our attorneys represents property owners, landlords, and tenants throughout Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and across the nation.