City Council Advances Private Rental Housing Inspection Bill

A Baltimore City Council bill to require inspections of private rental housing is on the move having received preliminary approval from the council.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

The bill, introduced by Councilman Bill Henry and housing officials, would expand oversight starting next year to include one- and two-unit rental properties — not just larger buildings with three or more units governed by current law.

Those smaller properties generate the most complaints, but have been exempted from mandatory inspections, city officials say.

The article explains that rental licenses will fall into three tiers with problematic landlords requiring more frequent inspections than compliant landlords.

Read The Baltimore Sun to learn more.