Rental property registration in Baltimore County, Maryland is a bit more complicated than it is in Baltimore City. Today, we’re talking about the registration process for county properties.
Do You Need a License to Rent Out a House in Baltimore County?
You have to have a rental license to rent out property, and the license is good for three years. You will also need a third party home inspection. Your inspector will look for a number of different things, and check the mechanical systems of the property. In 2018, a new law is in place that requires properties to have an interconnected hardwired battery-backed-up smoke detector and CO2 detector. So, your inspector will check that the proper detector is in place. You’ll also need to provide a tracking number and lead certificate number that’s on file with the MDE if your property was built before 1978.
Registration for Rental Property: Documentation
You’ll need to hire a home inspector, and that will cost between $100 and $150. They perform their inspection and your lead inspector performs their inspection. Then, you can turn in your paperwork with a picture of the front and back of the property. You can file this with the county online or at their office, or you can mail it in. The registration fee is $50, and you’ll need to pay that every three years.
Rental Property Registration: Penalties
It’s important to maintain your registrations and keep them up, otherwise the county can fine you and even imprison you for 10 days. Also, if you don’t have a registered rental property, you cannot start a court proceeding or an eviction against your tenant. So, it’s an important thing to do.
If you have any questions about property registration or how to register rental property, please contact us at ManageBaltimore.com. We’d be happy to help you with any Baltimore, MD property management needs.