Bill to provide new eviction process for landlords, tenants in Wicomico County discussed in Annapolis
SALISBURY, Md. – Wicomico County officials are pushing for a piece of legislation in Annapolis that they say would protect both tenants and landlords in the area. Legislators tell us House Bill 1218, introduced by the Wicomico County Delegation, is essentially a proposal to add some new eviction procedures.
Under current law, when landlords are evicting tenants, anything that’s left inside the home has to be removed, and put out onto the sidewalk.
Leaving personal items and belongings, that tenants need to pick up, at risk of being stolen or damaged. But this new potential law could change all of that, and would allow landlords to keep these items inside of the evicted residence in a safe place until tenants can get their things.
“The tenant still has the option to have access to their property. It doesn’t get blown through the wind throughout the neighborhood you don’t have the neighbors stealing it, it doesn’t get rained on so that’s a win-win for the tenant, it’s also a win-win for the municipalities,” said Wicomico County Council President John T. Cannon.
The proposed legislation has since passed through the house of delegates with a 140-0 vote. Now it’s on it’s way to the senate who will have a hearing on the bill on Thursday at 12 o’clock.