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The Ultimate Prince George’s County, MD Short Term Rentals F.A.Q. – TPF.legal

The Ultimate Short Term Rentals In Prince George’s County, MD Short Term Rentals County F.A.Q. – The Pendergraft Firm, LLC.

Please note that the ultimate short term rentals in Prince George’s County, MD F.A.Q. is a work in progress. This is my perhaps over simplification of the laws governing short term rentals in Prince George’s County. This is not to be used as a substitution for the actual laws or to be taken as legal advice. That said, here we go!

Is It Lawful To Rent Short Term Rentals In Prince George’s County?

At the time of the publication of this article. No.

However, in October of 2018 the Prince George’s County Council passed bills that allow for the use of short term rentals beginning on October 1, 2019.

What Is The Name of The Bills That Allow For Short Term Rentals in Prince George’s County?

, For now, there are two. CB-010-2018 and CB-011-2018. Generally CB-010-2018 defines short term rentals and their permitted uses, and CB-011-2018 sets permitting, licensing, and fee requirements. These are the sources I’m pulling from to write this article.

Will The Rules Regarding Short Rentals In Prince George’s County Change And Make This Article Out of Date?

Yes and no.. Once short term rentals in Prince George’s County are made legal I’m almost certain new issues will be discovered and later rectified in future bills. But I will do my best to keep this article up to date. But if you notice something that is out of date or inaccurate by the time you see this article please contact me.

Can I Just Start Renting My Short Term Rental Full Time For 365 Days a Year To Make a lot of Money?

No you cannot. You cannot rent a home for more than 30 consecutive days. If the property is owner-occupied it can only be rented for a total of 90 days for the year. If the property is owner-occupied than it can be rented for a total of 180 days in a single calendar year.

Can I Just Turn All of My Rental Properties Into Short Term Rentals and AirBnb’s and Make A Lot of Money?

No. There cannot be over 8 guests at a time. There can be no more than three (3) guests per bedroom.

Can I Rent My Short Term Rentals Out 365 days a year?

No you cannot. A home not occupied by the owner can be rented for no more than thirty (30) consecutive days or no more than a total of ninety (90) days, If not occupied by the owner or no more than one hundred eighty (180) days if occupied by the owner, over a single calendar year.

Am I Required to Have a Short Term Rental License?

Yes.

Will Short Term Rentals Be Taxed?

Yes. They’ll be taxed like hotels.

Who is Allowed To Rent Out Short Term Rentals?

The legal owner of the home.

How Long Does A Short Term Rental License Last For Until It Expires?

One year from the date of issuance.

Which Department is Responsible For Issuing and Overseeing Licenses?

The Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement. “DPIE” for short.

How Much Will A License Cost?

$150 per year.

What Do I Need In Order To Qualify For A Shot Term Rental Lice A License?

  • The host or the platform needs to have liability insurance in a certain amount.
  • Working smoke and carbon detetors.
  • Working Fire extinguishers.
  • Post notice of emergency contacts and escape routes.
  • Notify HOA’s, Condominium Associations, and common ownership associations, and attest to compliance with their rules.
  • An emergency contact that resides within the Count or 25 miles outside of it.
  • Property must be up to code.
  • For more details about each requirement check out the bills.

Will I Be Allowed To use Online Short Term Rental Platforms Such as AirBnB to Find Customers?

Depends. The Platforms must apply for their own license and have it approved by Prince George’s County. At this time I do not know which platforms have or will be approved. I assume AirBnB will be approved but we’ll see. I would like to add the approved platforms to this post. So if you find out any platforms that are approved please send me a message.

When Do I Apply To Renew My License?

At least 30 days before the current license expires.

Do I Have To Maintain A Log of All My Guests?

Yes. Along with information such as the length of their occupancy, duration of their ocupancy, names of all the occupants, etc.

Can I rent my short term rental by the hour or fewer than 24 hours?

No. You cannot.

How Long Must There Be Between Each Rental?

At least 24 hours.

Can I Rent Multiple Bookings Over The Same Time period?

No. I think the rationale is that the legislators don’t want strangers sharing the same place.

What happens if I do not follow the rules?

Your license can be suspended or revoked. You may also be fined.

Can DPIE Enter My Unit To Do Inspections?

Yes. With reasonable notice.

What Happens If I Don’t Pass an Inspection?

They can take enforcement actions such as imposing fines and license suspension or revocation.

How Do I Get My Burning Question Added To This F.A.Q.?

Just shoot us a message! Again, this is a work in progress. So if you have any questions or if you notice any inaccuracies or anything that could be clarified better, please shoot me a message.

How Do I Evict An Occupant That Refuses To Leave At The End of Their Booked Time?

Call the Sheriff and hope that they make them move out. If they don’t then contact my firm to assist you with a wrongful detainer action.

Who Do I Contact If I Need Legal Advice Regarding Short Term Rentals In Prince George’s County?

Look no further than the author, Brian Pendergraft Esq. of The Pendergraft Firm, LLC. Thanks for reading!

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