Below is a listing of links that we feel are beneficial to the general public and landlords looking to get their start. The LPOAWC has additional links and documents available exclusively to our paid members.
Lead paint laws in Maryland are governed by the state. Maryland law requires that each rental unit be visually inspected at each tenant turnover so as to assure safety from lead-based paint hazards. Each unit must be registered with Maryland and a fee is applied. These laws are enforced by the Maryland Dept. of the Environment. For in depth information our members can help you understand the process and requirements. You can also visit Rental Owners (maryland.gov) or go to Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) – www.mde.state.md.us
In today’s environment, there are several ways to advertise your vacant units. One way to advertise your unit for rent, at no charge, is by utilizing the Maryland Dept. of Housing & Community Development providing info on rental housing units and availability across Maryland. It is free of charge and can be used by landlords, developers, property managers, etc. – MDHousingSearch.org | Maryland Apartments | Washington, DC Rental Homes | Washington, DC Housing
While screening a prospective tenant, you can take some time and review the Maryland Judiciary Web Site –https://www.courts.state.md.us/courts/courtrecords.
If you’re searching to confirm a property is owned by a landlord, while checking references in the state of Maryland, then you would start with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation and Real Property Data Search – SDAT: Real Property Search (maryland.gov)
As a Landlord it is very important that you continue learning and exploring what are new and current ways of conducting business. Learning more about Lead Paint and different requirements is always important as a Landlord and Property Owner of older residents. Hagerstown Community College – Courses Available: Landlord, Lead Paint, Real Estate, Laws, Etc., https://www.hagerstowncc.edu/.
Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking
If you suspect that one of your units or a unit near yours has a child that appears out of place, you can look at the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children – www.missingkids.com. As a good neighbor we should all be concerned about the children in our neighborhoods.