Baltimore County Rental and Housing Laws


Pamela Harris

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. If your property is not a rental but is non-owner-occupied it still must be registered annually.

Do you need a license to rent a house in Baltimore?

Baltimore City now requires ALL residential rental units to be registered, inspected, and licensed to ensure that they meet basic safety and maintenance requirements.
Most of the City’s rental housing stock is in properties of five or fewer units, and approximately one-third of that housing is substandard. BRU fights or stronger protections against eviction and substandard housing.
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Is there a law in Baltimore to prevent landlords from denying rent?

A new law in Baltimore prevents landlords from denying housing to low-income tenants who use federal Housing Choice Vouchers to pay their rent, but some fair-housing advocates are worried that an amendment attached to the bill could set a dangerous precedent.
State law requires that a landlord who offers five or more dwelling units for rent in Maryland must include in each lease a statement that the premises will be available in a reasonably safe, habitable condition; or, if that is not the agreement, a statement concerning the condition of the premises.
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