Renters thought a CDC order protected them from eviction. Then landlords found loopholes.

In the end, Glascoe was able to keep her home because the judge later determined that a local law shielded her from any eviction filing within six months of her previous case against her landlord. Her lease was automatically renewed.

Feature (Maryland, NATIONAL)

Kyle Swenson
Washington Post
October 27, 2020

Tags: CDC Eviction Moratorium, COVID-19, Housing, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Public Justice Center (PJC)


Because Glascoe was struggling to make the rent payments, C. Matthew Hill, an attorney with the Public Justice Center in Baltimore, believed she qualified for the CDC order. Her landlords disagreed because they were not evicting her for failure to meet her payments. They were simply not renewing her lease, an option in Maryland known as a tenant holding over action. Property owners are not required to provide justification, only give notice.

“We fully understand that the CDC order is an important part of what is going on in the country right now,” the landlord’s attorney argued in a Baltimore courtroom in mid-October. “But it was never designed for people who are no longer legal tenants.”

The judge ruled in favor of the landlord.