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Title: County Expands Successful Rental Registration Program

Mandatory Registration Now Includes Some Previously Exempted Properties

Baltimore County’s eleven-year-old Rental Registration Program, which protects the safety and quality of life of residential tenants and neighborhoods, is expanding its requirements for which rental homes must be registered with the County by removing certain exemptions.

The purpose of the Rental Registration Program, which is administered by the Department of Permits Approvals and Inspections, is to protect the safety of tenants by requiring inspections and to promote the tranquility of neighborhoods.

This spring, 6th District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins sponsored an amendment to expand the County’s Rental Housing License requirement to include more than 1,600 properties that were previously exempted and must now be registered with the County by September 1, 2018. These include properties not connected to public sewer, and the new law also amends the family member exemption. Beginning September 1, the family exemption only applies to rentals that are solely occupied by a person related as a grandparent, parent, child or grandchild by blood, marriage or adoption or under the legal custody of the owner of the dwelling unit. In addition, these rentals may include one other unrelated adult.

“We are reaching out to landlords to make sure they know that they must register their properties with the County if this change in the law affects them,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler. “We have wonderful neighborhoods all around the County and we work very hard to preserve a positive environment for everyone to enjoy.”

“I have personally seen many unsafe rental units, and it was a real no-brainer to eliminate these exemptions,” said Councilwoman Bevins. “We took this action as one more step to safeguard communities and help ensure fair treatment for people who are renters.”

Complete information about the Rental Registration Program is available on the County website, including the application, inspection sheet and the criteria for exemptions.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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