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Rental Housing Licensing

The City of Takoma Park requires the licensing of all rental housing.

There are three types of rental housing licenses issued by the City of Takoma Park — annual, biennial, and temporary. The most frequently issued license is the annual license, which is valid for a 12-month period and runs from January 1 through December 31.

The following is a summary of the general licensing requirements found in Takoma Park Code Chapter 6.08 Rental Housing Licenses.

Rental Housing License Application

A license application must be completed prior to the issuance of a new rental housing license, the renewal of an existing license or the transfer of an existing license to a new property owner.

Takoma Park Rental Housing License Renewal Process

Before you can renew your online rental housing license, you will have to login to the “City of Takoma Park’s Rent Stabilization Annual Rent Report and Licensing” web site at http://www.tprents.takomagov.org/.

To obtain your user ID and password, please contact the Code Enforcement Division at 301-891-7255. If you own more than one rental facility, a separate renewal application must be submitted for each property. The password for each property is unique.

For more detailed instructions please reference the Login Instructions Takoma Park Rental Housing License Renewal Process document.

Rental Housing License & Transfer Fees

A license fee, based on the number of rental units in the property, must be paid in full prior to the issuance of a required license. The fee is established on an annual basis and cannot be prorated or waived. An additional transfer fee is required when transferring ownership of a rental property.

Lead Poisoning Prevention Compliance

State law and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) lead poisoning prevention regulations require the registration and/or certification of all rental housing properties built before 1950. All rental properties must be registered with the MDE and a copy of the MDE Certificate of each individual rental unit must be on file with the City before a license will be issued.

Property Inspection

The City Code requires the inspection of all rental units to ensure compliance with the City’s Property Maintenance Code. Inspections are conducted by Montgomery County’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA). Identified code violations must be corrected before a license will be issued by the City. Failure to correct the identified violation in a timely manner may result in the issuance of a citation, and a fine and/or the revocation or suspension of an existing rental housing license.

Landlord Certification Requirements

The owners of all rental housing properties – or their registered agents – are required to be certified by the City prior to the issuance of any rental housing license. The certification process is designed to provide landlords and their agents with a working knowledge of the laws governing the management, operation, maintenance and sale of rental housing property in Takoma Park. To obtain a certification as a landlord in Takoma Park you must either attend a 90 minute Landlord Certification Seminar or take a written Landlord Certification exam.

The certification remains valid for a period of three years and must be renewed before a rental housing license may be issued.

Landlord Certification Exam

To obtain the required certification, a landlord or their registered agent may elect to attend one of the 90-minute seminars offered by the Housing and Community Development Department. To qualify for certification under this option, the participant must attend the entire seminar. There is no cost to attend.

Participants are encouraged to preregister for the seminar.

2016  Seminar Schedule

Landlord Certification Seminar 2016 Seminar Schedule

DateStart Time
February 179:00 AM
April 197:00 PM
June 219:00 AM
August 167:00 PM
October 189:00 AM
December 207:00 PM
Landlord Certification Seminar Schedule for calendar year 2016. Table maintained by the Licensing Specialist (CliftonB@takomaparkmd.gov)

Alternatively, landlords and property managers may choose to take a written exam covering a wide range of topics including licensing requirements, the property maintenance code, landlord tenant relations ordinance, rent stabilization, the Commission on Landlord Tenant Affairs (COLTA), and the first opportunity to purchase ordinance.

Individuals electing to take the written exam are encouraged to attend one of the certification seminars offered by the Housing and Community Development Department.

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