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Rental Housing Registration

If you own a building in Baltimore County that contains six dwelling units or fewer that you intend to rent, each rental unit must be registered or approved for exemption by Baltimore County before tenants move in.

There are a number of conditions that may qualify your property for exemption. Review the criteria listed on the Exemption Affidavit (PDF) and if any of these conditions apply, complete an application for exemption.

If your property is not qualified for exemption, follow the steps below to register it with Baltimore County.

Step 1: Know the Registration Fees

  • Owner-occupied, one or two tenants: $40 per unit
  • Owner-occupied, three or more tenants: $50 per unit
  • Not owner-occupied: $50 per unit

Step 2: Have Your Property Inspected

Have an inspection performed by a state-licensed home inspector. The inspector must complete an Inspection Sheet (PDF) for each unit you intend to rent.

Step 3: Gather Required Documentation

You must provide the following with your application:

Step 4: Decide How You Want to Apply

Apply or Renew Online

To apply for or renew your license online, you'll need:

  • a valid email address
  • a Visa or Mastercard to pay applicable fees
  • all documentation from Step 3 above

You will be required to create an account and accept terms of use before beginning your application.

Apply or Renew Now

Apply or Renew by Mail or In Person

To apply or renew by mail or in person, you must:

Then, return your application and supporting documentation to:

Rental Housing License Payments
Historic Courthouse, Room 151
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

Additional Resources

More Information 

If you have questions about the registration or exemption process, contact the Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections at 410-887-6060 or paienforce@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Revised December 15, 2014
 

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