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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.

NOTE:

  1. 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. 
  2. Any MFDs whose license(s) will expire AFTER December 31, 2018, must get a third-party inspection.

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.


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

Click here for a list of Baltimore City Registered Home Inspectors


Rental Property Resources and Information

Registration and Licensing Information sheet
Baltimore City Rental License Inspection Form
Addendum to Rental Licensing Checklist for Multifamily Properties
Sanitation Guide
New Licensing Requirement Brochure
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

Frequently Asked Questions

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