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Help for Renters

The “Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act”, provides most renters with certain rights during foreclosure, namely, that most leases will survive foreclosure and the foreclosure sale purchaser becomes the new landlord. Most renters have the right to continue renting the property for the rest of their lease term, or at least to receive a 90-day notice to vacate after the foreclosure process is complete. You should seek legal advice to determine whether you have these legal rights under the new law. In the meantime, continue to pay your rent. Be certain to continue opening all mail addressed to “Occupant”, “Resident” or “Tenant”, as these notices are intended for you.

Facing Eviction or Need Advice on your Rights as a Tenant


Tenant Assistance Agency Contact Service Area
Public Justice Center 410-625-9409
Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. 1-800-487-6007
Statewide – except Montgomery County
Maryland Legal Aid Bureau 1-800-999-8904
Statewide – 13 offices around MD
Allegany Law 301-722-3390
Allegany County
Montgomery Bar Association 301-424-7651
Montgomery County
Community Legal Services 240-391-6413
Prince George’s County


If you are in need of emergency housing or assistance through social services, please call the United Way/First Call for Help Hotline at 211 in most areas or:

  • 410-685-0525 - Greater Baltimore
  • 800-492-0618 - Outside Baltimore, within MD.

Resources for Renters in Foreclosure

Find a New Apartment – a free service sponsored by DHCD that lists rental properties throughout the state of Maryland.

Rental Assistance

Are you in need of rental assistance? You may be eligible for DHCD’s Rental Allowance Program (RAP). For information regarding income limits, please visit the RAP information page. For assistance with the Rental Allowance Program, please contact one of the local Administering Agencies.