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Baltimore City Multiple Dwellings: Rental Property Registration Part 3

In Baltimore City, a multiple family dwelling is any property with three or more units. Today, we’re discussing the registration process when you rent out properties in a multiple dwelling building.


Registration for Rental Property: Inspections

If you have a multiple family dwelling property, you will need an MFD permit. This needs to be renewed every year, and you register the property in the same way that you would register a single family home. The main difference is that an MFD inspector will come out and do a walk through at your property. If you have three units, the inspector will enter every single one. If you have more than five or 10 units, the inspector will randomly pick a few to walk through.

The inspector will talk to tenants and make sure there aren’t any outstanding maintenance problems. There will also be an inspection of mechanical systems, so make sure everything is functional. The inspector will look for visual problems and check the smoke detectors and the fire alarms. He or she will also check the exterior of the property and look for things like chipped or peeling paint.


Baltimore, MD Property Management and Registration

You need to have this inspection every year when you’re renting an apartment building of any kind in Baltimore City. Rental registration is something that has to be maintained annually. Otherwise, you will lose your license, and you won’t be able to legally rent out your property.

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