Baltimore City Right of First Refusal

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Hello BP,

Any Baltimore City wholesalers ever came across wholesaling a property with a tenant who doesn't have a lease?

The current tenant has no lease which I understand puts him in a month to month lease status. He has lived at the property for years now and the owners want to sell. The wholesaler is insisting that since the tenant has no lease, then the sale doesn't have to be offered to him first. Anyone know if this is true in Baltimore City?

The owners have already signed a contract to sell the property.

The occupant has lived there for more than 6 months and meets the definition of tenant under the statute.


(1) As used in this law {subtitle}, “tenant” means a tenant, subtenant, lessee, sublessee, or other

person entitled to the possession, occupancy or the benefits thereof, of any rental unit owned

by another person, and who has resided therein for not less than 6 months.

Thanks Tim Gimer,

I just read Article 13 subtitle 6 and agree. It was a boring So what are the possible outcomes here? If these owners don't go threw this entire criteria that the city has created?

The house is only being sold for 6k, its in a horrible area and the owners just want to get rid of it. The current tenant is sadly on drugs and will not have the money to buy.

What suggestions do you have? Just send a offer via first class mail and pray that the tenant doesn't respond and hold up this sale?

Title company is going to need this issue addressed in their file... either a paper trail with no response or a letter from the tenant declining to exercise the right. Seller will have to state under oath that they complied with the statute.

Does anyone have or know how I could get a sample "Tenant Right of First Refusal" Letter for use with Baltimore City requirements?

@Charles Brown I suspect using Google with keywords like tenant rights baltimore, first right of refusal Baltimore or similar terms will bring it up. 

There might be one in the FilePlace here under the tools tab above.

The form of the notice depends on the type of sale... if the property is listed with a broker, offered privately, or through the auction method, the notice would have different content.

Pull the City Code... this is not one for the internet.

@Ned Carey Thanks.   I received something from a colleague that I modified.  I tried Googling but just came up with regulations and/or clauses.  Also thanks for the FilePlace reference as I wasn't familiar with that tool.

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