Rental Property Registration & Licensing

Baltimore City requires that any property with one or more rental units, including short-term rentals, be registered and licensed. For complete information, see the Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development webpage here. The basic requirements are below:

  1. Ensure that the property is zoned for its intended use. The number of rental units must fit within the lot area and floor area limits of the Baltimore City zoning code. Existing multi-unit properties may only be rented with a up-to-date rental property license. A single-family row house may not be converted to a multi-unit property without a City Council ordinance.
  2. Register the property with the City. Property registration must be renewed each year it is occupied as a rental property.
  3. Obtain a rental property license. Rental units must be inspected by a home inspector registered with the City. An initial rental property license lasts two years and is renewed every one to three years, depending on a property’s inspection record.
  4. Obtain a lead inspection for each rental unit. Each rental unit in a building built before 1978 must undergo a lead inspection at the time of tenant turnover and be registered annually with the State of Maryland. Lead inspectors must be registered with the City. An up-to-date inspection certification number for each rental unit is required to be submitted with Baltimore City property registration each year.

Are you a Bolton Hill rental property owner who’d like to connect with others in the neighborhood to share tips on property management, complying with City codes, and attracting stable renters? A BHCA group called Bolton Hill Property Owners Who Rent Apartments is just for you. Contact rentalpropertyowners@boltonhillmd.org for more information.

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