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Baltimore City Lease Renewal Law

As of July 20, 2021, a new Baltimore City lease renewal law went into effect, where a landlord must renew a tenant’s lease unless a “good cause” exists to terminate the landlord-tenant relationship. The new law is the result of a loophole in the eviction ‘moratorium’ that allowed landlords to decline lease renewals for existing Read more about Baltimore City Lease Renewal Law[…]

Questions and Answers for Maryland Landlords and Tenants

UPDATED: Maryland COVID Rental Assistance Programs by County

Important: As each county and Baltimore City have their own eligibility requirements and applications, please contact them with questions, or visit the websites listed. Also, funding for these programs is limited, and may not be available when you apply. Some counties have a wait list, others close and reopen as more funding becomes available. For Read more about UPDATED: Maryland COVID Rental Assistance Programs by County[…]

Advocacy Campaigns, Legal, and Legislative Issues

National Eviction Moratorium: Extended to June 30

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a national eviction moratorium order on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, that was published in the Federal Register on Friday, September 4, 2020. The purpose of the order is to stop the spread of COVID-19 by keeping people in their homes. Please note: The national moratorium has Read more about National Eviction Moratorium: Extended to June 30[…]

Advocacy Campaigns, Legal, and Legislative Issues

Baltimore City Rental Property Inspection, Licensing, and Registration Law

Non owner-occupied properties in Baltimore City are required to be registered with the City. Additionally, non owner-occupied rental properties also have to be inspected and licensed, in addition to the registration requirement. This law went into effect in 2018, and applies to single-family homes as well as multifamily properties (apartments), rental condos, etc. A landlord Read more about Baltimore City Rental Property Inspection, Licensing, and Registration Law[…]

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Prince George’s County Additional Tenant Protection Legislation

Prince George’s County passed legislation that includes additional tenant protections, including: prohibits rent increases suspends penalties and late fees for renters are in arrears due to COVID-related job loss/income loss prohibits foreclosures, evictions, lock-outs, and the threat of evictions. The additional protections will expire 90 days after the the Governor’s state of emergency is lifted. Read more about Prince George’s County Additional Tenant Protection Legislation[…]

Questions and Answers for Maryland Landlords and Tenants

Howard County to offer rental assistance to those affected by COVID

Howard County will be offering rental assistance to those tenants who were affected by COVID-related job loss/reduction in hours. Please download this flyer for more information and where to go to apply. (Link opens a PDF). The program opens July 6. You must contact one of the providers on the flyer for an application.

Advocacy Campaigns, Legal, and Legislative Issues

Maryland Eviction Moratorium Updates

From the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development: The Maryland Judiciary has released an administrative order outlining the reopening of the judicial branch of the Maryland government in five phases. (Link opens a PDF) While the courts intend to use this as their plan to reopen, they recognize that dates may change depending on Read more about Maryland Eviction Moratorium Updates[…]

Questions and Answers for Maryland Landlords and Tenants

COVID-19 Information for Residents, Business Owners, and Property Managers/Rental Housing Providers

National Information The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has extended the eviction and foreclosure moratorium on properties with Enterprise-backed mortgages until at least June 30. See the links immediately below to check if your property has one of these mortgages. Under the CARES Act, renters living in a property with an Enterprise-backed mortgage are covered Read more about COVID-19 Information for Residents, Business Owners, and Property Managers/Rental Housing Providers[…]

Questions and Answers for Maryland Landlords and Tenants

25 Rental Housing Operational Tips for Getting Through COVID-19

Used with permission from the Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA), the following suggestions could be used by small multi-family and single-family landlords, where applicable — particularly when you have senior and/or immunocompromised residents who may not be able to leave their homes, or if your residents would like maintenance and other personnel to take extra precautions Read more about 25 Rental Housing Operational Tips for Getting Through COVID-19[…]