Important Information for Landlords
In order to more efficiently and cost-effectively serve the citizens of Anne Arundel County, the following legislation (Bill #38-05) was passed on July 5, 2005 to enable Anne Arundel County to charge landlords for the removal of debris from an eviction should it remain in the County’s right of way for longer than 48 hours. The bill took effect on August 22, 2005.
Anne Arundel County Code, Article 13, Title 1-106
Disposal of Personal Property on County Property
(A) PROHIBITION. AN OWNER OF RENTAL REAL PROPERTY MAY NOT DISPOSE OF, STORE, OR ABANDON THE PERSONAL PROPERTY OF AN EVICTED TENANT ON COUNTY RIGHTS-OF-WAY, EASEMENTS, OR OTHER COUNTY PROPERTY FOR MORE THAN 48 HOURS AFTER THE DATE OF EVICTION.
(B) REMOVAL BY COUNTY. THE DEPARTMENT MAY REMOVE AND DISPOSE OF ALL PERSONAL PROPERTY THAT IS ON COUNTY PROPERTY IN VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION, AND THE DEPARTMENT SHALL BILL THE OWNER OF THE RENTAL REAL PROPERTY FOR ALL COSTS INCURRED BY THE COUNTY IN CONNECTION WITH THE REMOVAL AND DISPOSAL OF THE EVICTED TENANT'S PERSONAL PROPERTY, INCLUDING OVERHEAD AND ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS. THE COSTS SHALL BE COLLECTED AS PROVIDED IN § 1-9-101 OF THIS CODE.
In the past when evictions became necessary, landlords placed the tenant’s personal property in a County road right-of-way. After a short period of time, they then removed any remaining property at their own cost. However, in some instances, landlords simply left the property on the right-of-way, and it often became a hazard to either the roadway or pedestrian traffic. At that point, it became necessary for County work crews to remove and dispose of the property.
Questions regarding this legislation should be directed to Todd Fiedorowicz, Program Manager, at (410) 222-7045, or you may email Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage all landlords to become familiar with this legislation and thank them in advance for compliance.