Property/Alarm Registration

Rental Property Licensing

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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. In order to receive a license from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) the property must meet two requirements: 1) be registered with DHCD using the online portal and 2) be inspected by a State Licensed, Baltimore City registered Home Inspector.

To complete your registration and licensing requirements:

To set up a new account click here.

If you have previously set up an account login here.

Search to determine if a property in Baltimore City is currently licensed and registered as a rental property.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lease Addendum (to be provided at lease signing).

Sample Lease
  (Traditional Chinese)

Short-Term Residential Rentals - Here's What You Need to Know

Effective December 31, 2019, all short-term rental properties (properties that rent for 90 or fewer consecutive days) must be licensed.  A homeowner may be issued a short-term residential rental license for his or her permanent residence.  A permanent residence is one in which the owner resides for at least 180 days annually.

 For more information on Short-Term Residental Rentals and for instructions on how to apply for a short-term rental license CLICK HERE.

Property Owners/Operators

The Baltimore City Code, Article 13, Subtitle 4-2, requires every owner of a non-owner occupied dwelling unit, "whether occupied or vacant, whether it is producing revenue or not producing revenue, whether habitable or not habitable" shall file a registration statement with the Housing Commissioner. This must be done within 10 days of any transfer of the property and every January 1st thereafter.


Landlords Brochure
Landlords Brochure (Chinese)
Landlords Brochure (Traditional Chinese)
Landlords Brochure (Korean)
Landlords Brochure (Spanish)

State Licensed Home Inspectors

To become a Baltimore City Registered Home Inspector or to access your account, click here.

Inspection Forms

Baltimore City Rental License Inspection Form
Addendum to Rental Licensing Checklist for Multifamily Properties
Inspection Checklist Guidance Document

List of Registered Home Inspectors

For a list of Baltimore City Registered, Home Inspectors Click here.

Rental Property Resources and Information

Registration and Licensing Requirements Brochure
Baltimore City Rental License Inspection Form
Addendum to Rental Licensing Checklist for Multifamily Properties
Baltimore City Code, Article 13

  • Subtitle 4 – Registration of Non-Owner-Occupied Dwellings, Rooming Houses and Vacant Structures
  • Subtitle 5 – Licensing of Rental Dwellings
  • Subtitle 5 – Licensing of Rental Dwellings

Sanitation Guide for Posting in Units
Sanitation Brochure (English)
Sanitation Brochure (Español)