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What you need to know before your Baltimore City Rental Inspection

If you are a rental property owner/landlord in Baltimore city, the law now requires rental units to be registered and inspected by a  licensed home inspector by December 31, 2018 to obtain a rental housing license.  All licensed properties initial license will be for (2) two years.  Renewals will be either (1) one, (2) two or (3) three years depending on rental history and will be issued by Baltimore City.

Please click on the link below to obtain all of the information needed for Baltimore City landlords and the forms needed for your Baltimore County rental license.

Baltimore City Rental Info

Your Baltimore City Rental Inspector will be looking for the following items:

Exterior of Property

  1. Railings present for interior and exterior steps with more than 3 risers.
  2. Exterior walls are free of holes that will allow weather, rodents, insects, or pest to enter.
  3. Exterior gutter and downspout system is installed and designed to channel water away from the property.
  4. The exterior is clean, sanitary, and free of rodent burrows and all trash and debris that could attract infestation by rodents, insects, or pest.
  5. If property built prior to 1978, no peeling, flaking or chipping paint on the interior or exterior.

Interior of Property

  1. The interior of the property is clean and sanitary. *A property may pass inspection if there are interior sanitation violations that are solely the responsibility of the tenant to abate, unless the conditions create an imminent threat to life.
  2. The interior of the property free of all signs of infestation by rodents, insects, or pests.
  3. Gas and electric service is properly installed and ready for service.
  4. Electrical wires are not visible in living areas
  5. All electrical outlets are grounded and protected by cover plates. All lighting fixtures are functional and switches protected by cover plates.
  6. Smoke Detectors are properly installed and in proper working order. There is one smoke alarm on every level of the home and inside each sleeping area.
  7. Carbon Monoxide Alarms are properly installed and in proper working order. Carbon Monoxide Alarm is located outside of sleeping area and near fuel-burning heating units. (Enter N/A if not required because there is: no fossil fuel burning devices; no fireplaces; no attached garages).
  8. There is both hot and cold running water with the hot water having a minimum temperature of 110°F. Adequate water pressure throughout with no leaks below fixtures and all toilets properly flush.
  9. If there is a bedroom in the basement, there is proper egress in case of fire.
  10. Property is free of interior leaks. No standing water in the basemen.t
  11. Windows function properly with locking mechanism.
  12. Interior walls are free of holes that will allow rodents, insects, or pest to enter.
  13. If the inspection is being conducted during the period of October 1 and April 30th, inclusive, the property must have a sufficient heat supply to maintain an average temperature of 70°F in all habitable rooms, bathrooms and toilet rooms and 65°F in all other rooms
  14. Are there any other readily observable problems that don’t meet the minimum requirements of the Baltimore City Building, Fire, and Related Codes that in the inspector’s opinion represent an immediate threat to the health or safety of the occupant?
  15. If property built prior to 1978, no peeling, flaking or chipping paint on the interior or exterior.

Multi-Family Dwellings, Rooming Houses and Hotels

  1. Secondary egress is present from each unit and the exit path is unobstructed
  2. There is proper fire separation between dwellings, hallways, and stairways
  3. Fire alarm system is in proper working order
  4. Fire doors are present, free of defect and closures work properly.
  5. Public hallways and stairways are free of any obstructions.
  6. Exit signs are properly installed and clearly visible.
  7. Mechanical room (furnace, boiler) has proper clearance and is not used for storage.
  8. Electrical room (meters, wires) has proper clearance.
  9. The multifamily license is posted in a common area.
  10. HOTELS & MOTELS Only – Prominently display a sign stating that the facility has provided training to all employees on how to identify human trafficking activities and human trafficking victims.
  11. Are there any other readily observable problems that in the inspector’s opinion represent an immediate threat to the health or safety of occupant

Do you need Baltimore County Rental Inspection Paperwork?

Rental Housing Inspection Form

Multi-Family Inspection Form

Property Regirstration Form

Property Regirstration Form Part C

Baltimore City Rental Inspection Law and FAQ’s

Below are some additional resources that can assist with understanding the Baltimore City Rental Inspection laws, process and frequently asked questions.

Baltimore City Rental Inspection Frequently Asked Questions.

New Licensing Requirement Brochure

Understanding the New Rental Licensing Bill

Full text of Council Bill 18-0185