Is my landlord allowed to charge a fee not associated with the lease?

Is my landlord also allowed to search my trash without probable cause?

Asked on September 17, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Maryland


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you have a written lease, the landlord may only charge those fees in the lease: a lease is a contract, and neither party may change or add to its terms (including adding fees) without the agreement or consent of the other party.

Once the garbage is in a common garbage area or by the street, I believe your landlord could look through it. He can't look at it while its still in the premises you rent.

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