BALTIMORE CITY RENTAL INSPECTIONS
How do I rent in Baltimore City?
Baltimore City now requires ALL residential rental units to be registered, inspected, and licensed to ensure that they meet basic safety and maintenance requirements. Previously one- and two- family dwellings were not required to be inspected and licensed to operate as a rental. 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.
In order to receive a rental 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.
How to have your Property Inspected?
Once you have registered your property, you must have it inspected by a State Licensed, Baltimore City registered Home Inspector. As a State Licensed, Baltimore City registered Home Inspector we are happy to assist you with completing your rental inspection, to satisfy Baltimore City requirements.
The inspector will be looking for basic life, health and safety items to insure the property is up to code and safe for the occupants and neighboring residents, including but not limited to electrical, plumbing, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, interior and exterior sanitary conditions, utilities, and lead paint. We recommend that you review the inspection form to understand the requirements and make any necessary repairs prior to the inspection.
All initial licenses are issued for a two-year period. When it is time for renewal you may be able to obtain a three-year license or be limited to a two- or one-year license based on your maintenance record and violation history.