What is the new Baltimore Rental Property Licensing Law?

On August 1, 2018, a new law took effect requiring all Baltimore City rental properties, including one- and two-family and multi-family dwellings, to be licensed to operate as a rental by January 1, 2019.

Click HERE to access the Baltimore City Code, Article 13. 

How do I comply with the new law?

In order to receive a license from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) the property must be registered with DHCD using the online portal and be inspected by a State Licensed, Baltimore City registered Home Inspector.

What about MFD License?

If your MFD license is scheduled to expire in 2018 you are NOT required to get a third-party inspection. A Baltimore City inspector will conduct the inspection as scheduled. Any MFDs whose license(s) will expire AFTER December 31, 2018, must get a third-party inspection

I just rent a room in my home using a booking platform like Airbnb or Couchsurfer. Do I need an inspection?

No.  Currently only non-owner occupied dwelling units need to be inspected.

I didn't get a letter from the City or County.  Do I still need an inspection?

Yes. If you are renting your property it must be licensed and inspected.

Will my rental property pass inspection?

Be sure to check the current regulations issued by the Housing Department.

The City used to inspect my property. When do I need to get a private inspection?

If your MFD license is scheduled to expire in 2018 you are NOT required to get a third-party inspection. A Baltimore City inspector will conduct the inspection as scheduled.

Any MFDs whose license(s) will expire AFTER December 31, 2018, must get a third-party inspection. Download the multifamily addendum. 

What is happening with the "Airbnb Bill"?

Please visit The Baltimore Hosts Coalition Website for more info!