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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[…]

Advocacy Campaigns, Legal, and Legislative Issues

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.

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[…]

Advocacy Campaigns, Legal, and Legislative Issues

Urgent: Tell your state delegates: YES to the Tenant Protection Act HB 744

The Housing/Real Property Subcommittee will vote TODAY on HB 744, Tenant Protection Act. The amended bill brings renter and landlord interests together on 3 new statewide protections for Marylanders, in an effort to balance the power dynamic between landlords and tenants: Utility bill transparency: Have you ever wondered why the landlord billed you a certain Read more about Urgent: Tell your state delegates: YES to the Tenant Protection Act HB 744[…]

Advocacy Campaigns, Legal, and Legislative Issues

HUD Announces Guidance on Reasonable Accommodations Under the Fair Housing Act Regarding Assistance Animals

From the press release issued today, January 28, 2020: The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing against individuals who have disabilities that affect a major life activity. The Act requires housing providers to permit a change or exception to a rule, policy, practice, or service that may be necessary to provide people with disabilities Read more about HUD Announces Guidance on Reasonable Accommodations Under the Fair Housing Act Regarding Assistance Animals[…]

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Baltimore County Passes the HOME Act

On November 4, the Baltimore County Council passed the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act which prohibits discrimination based on source of income, making it illegal for landlords to refuse to rent to otherwise qualified tenants who participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The bill passed with one amendment, which exempts landlords who own Read more about Baltimore County Passes the HOME Act[…]

Advocacy Campaigns, Legal, and Legislative Issues

Time to End Housing Segregation and Discrimination in Baltimore County

On October 4, Baltimore County introduced the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act which will end source of income discrimination by eliminating discrimination against people who use a Housing Choice voucher. Eliminating discrimination based on how people pay for housing provides important new protections for people who freelance, seniors receiving a pension or Social Security, Read more about Time to End Housing Segregation and Discrimination in Baltimore County[…]

Questions and Answers for Maryland Landlords and Tenants

“My Landlord Won’t Make Repairs, Now What?”: A Rent Escrow Primer

We get quite a few inquiries from tenants who are living in unimaginable circumstances. No heat or hot water in the winter, basements and walls covered in black mold, leaky roof, flooded basements, even a collapsed ceiling or two, and they’ve contacted the landlord to ask about repairs and maintenance. Their circumstances may vary, but Read more about “My Landlord Won’t Make Repairs, Now What?”: A Rent Escrow Primer[…]