Department of Housing and Community Affairs Tenant Safety and Quality of Life Initiative

Landlord Tenant Relations 

With the passage of Bill-19-15 on  December 12, 2016, Montgomery County  reestablished its already resolute promises to maintain a safe and healthy community.  The legislation is focused on the safety and well being of the residents that are inhabiting rental housing . The bill establishes the Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs (the "Commission") as a mechanism for resolving disputes between landlords and tenants and provides a process for resolving such complaints. The law also creates a licensing regime for rental housing, including a requirement that each apartment complex and personal living quarters building  be inspected by the Department of Housing and Community Affairs ("DHCA") at least once every three years, and also imposes certain requirements on landlords and tenants, and includes a number of requirements for leasing practices and the contents of all rental housing leases in the County. Other key components of the County's landlord-tenant law are the annual collection by DHCA of extensive data related to rental housing in the County and the requirement that the County Executive issue voluntary rent increase guidelines each year.   Click Here! to read Landlord Tenant Bill 19-15

Inspection of Rental Housing 

Multi-Family inspections 

Below is a map of Montgomery County MD indicating all of the Multi-Family Facilities under the jurisdiction of  Montgomery County DHCA. The map identifies the progress and status of inspections at that property. The visualization below will be updated every 2-4 weeks. 
Note: 1) Rockville and Gaithersburg are not under the jurisdiction of Montgomery County DHCA.  2) Only Muti-Family Properties with two or more units are represented below.
Last Updated: December 3, 2018

Progress Report

There are over 830 multi-family rental facilities in Montgomery County that contain over 70 thousand units. The Visualization shown here identifies the status  and progress of DHCA's goal of  inspecting all Multi-Family Properties by  July 1, 2019 as they continue to ensure safe and inhabitable conditions for Montgomery County Renters. This visualization will be updated every 2-4 weeks.
Last Updated: December 3, 2018

By the Numbers

The chart on the left represents the proactive inspections that have been initiated and carried out by the Department of Housing and Community Affairs since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016). This visualization will be updated every 2-4 weeks.
Last Updated: December 3, 2018

Summary of Facility Inspection Results 

Below is a report that identifies the number and type of violations that were found a the property during the last inspection conducted by DHCA.  The visualization below will be updated every 2-4 weeks. 
Last Updated: December 3, 2018

Landlord Tenant Relations 

  • In addition to a more extensive inspection process, Bill 19-15 includes several other improvements in tenant rights and protections. Those include greater clarity and flexibility with leases, expanded options for DHCA to deal with landlords who do not make mandated repairs in a timely manner, and guarantees of free meeting places to gather and form tenant organizations. Details, additional rights and protections, and resource guides can be found below.


Montgomery County is adamant about providing and expanding the Rights of tenants in the County, and making all resources and  policies very clear and transparent to all Montgomery County  Tenants and Landlords. 

Tenant Rights Resources

Click Here to visit the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs Tenant Resources Page

Montgomery County Annual  Rental Survey

Annually, the Department of Housing and Community Affairs,through its Licensing and Registration unit surveys all Montgomery County multi-family rental facilities on tenant services, unit sizes, rent levels, occupancy and characteristics about structure types including age.