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A new law went into effect January 1, 2019, dictating that all rental properties are required to be licensed by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). All Pre-1978 rental properties also need a valid lead paint certificate.
Every property owner must:
· Be registered with Baltimore City
· Have an inspection completed by a licensed, registered home inspector
· Upload the completed inspection checklist to the Baltimore City website
You can view the Baltimore City DHCD Rental License Inspection Form with an official checklist here.
For the Rental Licensing Inspector Guidance Document, click here.
Any occupied (or about to be occupied) residential rental property in Baltimore City. This needs to be done within 10 days of a property transfer.
If you have a ‘program’ tenant (Section 8, etc), you can use the passed Section 8 Inspection Report in lieu of hiring a private contractor for the inspection.
Baltimore County landlords must have rental inspections completed to keep property registration current. All properties built before 1978 must have an additional lead inspection conducted.
All buildings or portions of buildings with 1-6 rental units must:
· Be registered and licensed with Baltimore County
· Have an inspection completed by a licensed, registered home inspector every 3 years
· Complete a Carbon Monoxide Alarm Verification
· However, there are exemptions to these rules noted below. Apartment complexes with more than 6 units are subject to additional regulations.
You can view the Baltimore County Rental License Inspection Sheet with an official checklist here.
An inspection will also include a Carbon Monoxide Alarm Verification, for that form, click here.