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Deck Plate Home Inspections is equipped for your Baltimore County rental inspection needs. Landlords should visit the Baltimore County Government Website here to view and download all forms required for registering your rental properties.  

Your inspector will be checking the following:

1. Townhomes and Single Family Homes:
A hardwired smoke detector with a battery backup must be located in the corridor or hallway outside of sleeping areas. If the home has a basement, a hardwired smoke detector with a battery backup must also be located in the basement, and must be interconnected to the smoke detector outside of the sleeping area.
 
Or

Homes with 2 or 3 Apartments:
A hardwired smoke detector with a battery backup must be located in the corridor or hallway outside of sleeping areas. If the home has a basement, a hardwired smoke detector with a battery backup must also be located in the basement, and must be interconnected to the smoke detector on the first floor.

Or

Homes with 4-6 Apartments:
1.  A hardwired smoke detector with a battery backup must be located in the corridor or hallway outside sleeping areas in each unit.  No smoke detector is required in the basement.  
2. Electrical wires are not visible in living areas
3. There is cold and hot running water in kitchen and in each bathroom with no leaks below the sink areas and toilets flush
4. There are no sleeping areas in the basement or if there is a sleeping area in the basement, there is a secondary means of escape as follows: basement window with a minimum of 5.5 ft opening with a sill height 44 inches or less from the floor OR basement door with thumb turn dead bolt.
5. The furnace is either operational or because of outside temperature it is unable to be tested.
6. Railing present for interior and exterior steps with more than three risers.
7. Carbon Monoxide Detectors are located in the common areas outside of the sleep areas.

If you would like to see the Inspection Sheet, click here.  

Baltimore City


REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS An annual registration must be completed for all non-owner occupied property including vacant lots, vacant buildings, multifamily dwellings (MFD) and 1- and 2-family dwellings. 
 
In order to file a 2019 registration, owners are required to: 1. Complete registration online: a. Create an account at: http://dhcd.baltimorehousing.org/property_registration 
 
b. Enter all required property and owner/agent/management information i. A description of the premises by street number  ii. Name, street address, telephone number, and email address of the premises’ owner of record iii. Name, street address, telephone number, and email address of the premises’ managing operator, if other than the owner, AND iv. If the owner is a corporation, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability company or similar entity, the name, street address, telephone number, and email address of a natural person who services as the owner’s Chief Executive Officer, Managing Partner, or Managing Member, or in a similar authoritative position. 
 
c. Complete the Lead Paint Certification (Compliance with Lead Poisoning Prevention Law) required information for each residential unit   2. Make payment online a. Any outstanding fees from the 2017 registration period are due now and must be paid in full Note: Outstanding balances from previous years are due immediately and will continue to accrue penalties and interest and be subject to a registration citation.  b. All 2019 registration fees must be paid before January 1, 2019
 
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Note:   Existing Registration customers: Registration staff will review your online registration and communicate with you via the email/message board if any information is missing.  You will receive an email when your registration is complete.  
 
New Registration customers: If you are a new registration customer your online application will need to be reviewed and approved by a property registration agent before you can make payment to ensure that all property information matches the city’s land record data.  Once the review is complete you will receive an email notifying you to log back on to review your information and make payment. 
 
LICENSING REQUIREMENTS All rental properties, 1- and 2-family dwellings and multifamily dwellings (MFD), require a license to operate. In order to be licensed, owners of rental properties are required to: 1. Register the property: a. See steps above under “Registration Requirements” 2. Abate any open violation notices.  Check for violations at http://dhcd.baltimorehousing.org/cels    3. Complete inspection requirements: a. Schedule an inspection with a City-registered, State Licensed Home Inspector.  A list of inspectors can be found at http://dhcd.baltimorehousing.org/property_registration   b. Pass that inspection c. Log into your property registration account, and upload the inspection checklist(s) filled out by the inspector d. Owners/landlords must have their inspections completed and results uploaded by December 31, 2018 in order to be in compliance with the law
Note: If you are a Section 8 landlord or similar government program that requires an inspection, that report will be accepted for the inspection requirements. You must upload proof that your unit has passed inspection to your property registration account. 
 
NEW Licensing requirements for multifamily dwellings: Under the new legislation, multifamily dwellings (MFD) will no longer be inspected by a City Housing Code Enforcement inspector.  Upon expiration of a given 2018 multifamily dwelling license, that MFD must subsequently have an inspection scheduled with one of the City-registered, State Licensed Home Inspectors listed on our website: http://dhcd.baltimorehousing.org/property_registration and complete all property registration requirements.