Baltimore County Rental Property Inspections
In May 2018, Baltimore County Council passed Bill 26-18 amending the limitations on property owners who are no longer exempted from the licensing requirements. As a result of this Act the majority of rental properties previously exempt shall obtain a Rental Housing License before September 1, 2018:
- Dwellings not connected to public sewer are no longer exempt.
- Dwelling units solely occupied by a person related to the owner must be related by blood, marriage or adoption or under the legal custody of the owner. Individuals must be related as grandparents, parents, children or grandchildren only. Family members other than those listed are not exempt.
These properties must now be inspected and registered with Baltimore County.
If you own a property with 1-6 units that you intend to rent in Baltimore County, including Section 8 and BRHP-assisted properties, each rental unit must be registered or approved for exemption by Baltimore County before tenants move in to avoid being fined. Inspections are valid for three years. I am here to help and can walk you though the process. Please follow the steps below.
- Please review the Exemption information on Baltimore County's website. If any of these conditions apply, you do not need my inspection services and can follow their instructions.
- Make sure your rental property complies with all the Baltimore County Zoning Regulations. To locate your Zoning Designation, please visit My Neighborhood.
- Have an inspection performed by me. Please review this list of items below taken from the inspection sheet before scheduling your inspection:
- SMOKE DETECTORS: The presence and operation of of interconnected smoke detectors (must be hardwired with battery back-up) in the hallway outside of sleeping areas and on every level of the dwelling unit including the basement. All detectors must be the same manufacturer and less than 10 years old. Different configurations are required depending on the number of units within the building.
- ELECTRICAL WIRES: Electrical wires may not be visible in living areas.
- WATER: There must be hot and cold running water in kitchens and bathrooms. There can be no leaks below sinks and the toilets must flush.
- BASEMENT SLEEPING AREAS: Bedrooms in basements must have a secondary means of escape that is either a basement window with a minimum 5.5 square foot opening (sill height of 44 inches or less from the floor) OR basement door with a thumb turn dead bolt.
- FURNACE: The furnace must be either operational, or because of outside temperatures it is unable to be tested.
- STAIR RAILINGS: A railing must be present for interior and exterior steps with more than 3 risers.
- CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS: Carbon monoxide detectors are present of every level of the home and audible in sleeping areas.
- OTHER CONCERNS: I can note any other readily observable problems that I feel may represent an immediate threat to the health or safety of an occupant.
- Read the regulations in the pamphlets below. You will be required to attest that you have reviewed and understand them before completing your application.
- For an online application, you will need the following.
- Inspection Sheet (provided by me along with photos of the property)
- Carbon Monoxide Alarm Verification (completed by you)
- Lead Inspection Certificate for Homes Built Before 1978
- A Visa or Mastercard to pay applicable fees
This information was verified correct on February 11, 2019. Please confirm with Baltimore County.