The Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development has registered hundreds of state licensed housing inspectors since July, swelling the ranks as new rules for rental properties kick in across the city.
Beginning Wednesday, a recently passed law in Baltimore City requires all rental properties to be registered, licensed and inspected, the DHCD said in a statement. Multi-family buildings as well as one- and two-family units fall under the new rules.
"The goal of the new law is to ensure better quality rentals across the city and to encourage property owners to address any violations promptly," DHCD said in a statement.
Property owners can view a list of available inspectors on DHCD's website , as all city inspections will be conducted by these third-party agents.
Owners of one- and two-family units must have their rentals registered, inspected by a Maryland State licensed inspector, and in possession of a license by Jan. 1, 2019. Multi-family buildings do not need to go through the new inspection process until their current license expires.