Registering rental properties in Baltimore City

Update: Baltimore City will begin the process of registering 1 and 2 unit rental properties on August 1st, 2018. All properties will need to be registered by January 1, 2019. The city has not released the inspection criteria yet. Watch this page for more updates. 


Currently, all rental properties in Baltimore City are required to be registered. 1 and 2 family properties are not required to be inspected. However, current legislation before the Baltimore City Council may change that. The City Council voted on March 26th, 2018 to extend inspection requirements to 1 and 2 family dwellings. The bill requires an additional vote by the City Council before becoming law and would be phased in during 2019.

Full coverage of the vote can be found in the Baltimore Sun.

This inspection would likely be similar that that required for Baltimore County Rental Registration.

Baltimore County requires the following:

  1. Hardwired and battery backup smoke detectors with interconnection. (The exact requirements vary by unit type.)
  2. No visible electrical wires.
  3. Hot and cold running water in kitchen and bathrooms and working toilets.
  4. Sleeping areas in basement must have a second egress.
  5. Operational heat. (Electric space heaters are not acceptable.)
  6. Railings for all steps with more than 3 risers.
  7. Carbon monoxide detectors on each level.
  8. No other visible hazards.

For a complete list of requirements, visit the Baltimore County Rental Registration Page.

Although this is not an official list of requirements, landlords wishing to get a jump on the process may wish to use theses as a guide.

If you need a Baltimore County Rental registration, you can schedule your inspection here.

Baltimore City Rental Housing Registration