Fun fact, prior to writing this post I believed that most Counties in Maryland require landlords to have a residential rental license to rent to tenants. Turns out most of them don’t! I just happen to practice in jurisdictions where they’re almost always required. And even in those jurisdictions, there are limited circumstances in where a landlord is not required to have a license. It’s always a good idea to know the licensing requirements of your jurisdiction because landlords who unintentionally violate them may be subject to civil or criminal penalties.
Maryland Rental Rental License Information & Requirements
The table below links to where you can find your counties rental licensing information when applicable and the circumstances in which a license is required. Licensing requirements are always subject to change so this guide needs to be constantly updated. Always double-check your county information before relying on this guide and please let us know if the registration requirements have changed.
|Maryland County||Rental License Required?|
|Alleghany County Residential Rental Licensing||Yes|
|Anne Arundel County||Yes, Multiple Dwelling Houses & Rooming Houses|
|Baltimore County Rental Housing Registration||Yes|
|Baltimore City Property Registration & Licensing||Yes|
|Carroll County||Yes, in Westminster|
|Garrett County||Only For Short Term Vacation Rentals|
|Montgomery County Residential Rental License Info.||Yes|
|Prince George’s County Residential Rental License Info.||Yes|
|Queen Anne’s County||No|
|Saint Mary’s County||No|
|Talbot County||Licenses required for short term rentals|
|Washington County||License Required in Hagerstown|
Maryland County Residential Rental License & Registration Requirements
And there you have it! Be sure to check to see if residential rental license before you start renting. Also, if you live in a jurisdiction that requires one, chances are you’re in a jurisdiction where I practice. So if you need help filing a failure to pay rent claim do not hesitate to contact The Pendergraft Firm.
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