This is a quote taken directly from the Rental Housing Licenses web page; "all buildings or a portion of a building that contain one to six dwelling units, intended, or designed to be rented, leased, let or be hired out to be occupied for living purposes be registered and licensed with Baltimore County."
You must have a licensed home inspector complete the inspection sheet. The home inspector must also provide time and date stamped photos of the front and rear of the dwelling. There is one exception...if you are renting to a family member, you can file an Exemption Affidavit. If you are filing an Exemption Affidavit, there is no fee required.
As a side note, the inspection checklist will be changing in the near future. The new checklist will be more specific as to what areas and specific items will be inspected. During a recent conversation with the head of the program I was told that any code violations must be identified and corrected. If you want to schedule an inspection, give me a call at 410-515-3838. If you would like more information about the program, please visit my website and click on the Rental Inspections tab at the following address:
Maryland Home Inspection Services
Most programs in Baltimore County require that you complete counseling before you go under contract to be eligible (Maryland CDA, Baltimore County MALP). The exception to that would be the Federal Home Loan Bank's (FHLB) first time buyer program. The program is good anywhere in the state of Maryland but you do need to be within the income limits based on the number of people in your household. This program would give you up to $7500 in FORGIVABLE funds. You do have to do some counseling, but it can be done after you are under contract.
I have blog about down payment assistance programs, you can find more info there, or feel free to contact me!