Public Housing

Baltimore City Council OKs bill to require inspections of all private rental housing

Baltimore City Council OKs bill to require inspections of all private rental housing

The Baltimore City Council on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill requiring licensing and inspections of all private rental housing in the city, a measure that officials have called “the most significant update” to regulations written half a century ago.

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...

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