Single Family Rental Licensing

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All Prince George’s County Rental Licenses, including Single Family Rental Licenses, are processed in Momentum, the County's online system. The system allows customers to submit applications, upload documentation and make payments online. When the applications have been reviewed and approved, the temporary and permanent licenses are issued and sent in the application’s attachments. Customers will be able to print their licenses at work or at home.  

Single-Family Rental Process

Once an approved application is submitted, a temporary license is issued for 30-90 days so the area inspector can perform an inspection. The inspector will visit the property, either in person and/or virtually, to conduct an exterior inspection and place a hang tag on the front door. If there are no violations and the tenant does not have any concerns within their rental unit, then a license will be issued after 48 hours of the visit.
(Please note:  If there are concerns from the tenant, an inspection will be scheduled to view any violations. The owner will be notified of the violations and given (10) days to come into compliance. If he/she does not, then this will start a process of denying the license application and possibly issuing a citation.) Email dpierentallicenses@co.pg.md.us for questions.

Rental License Responsibilities in Prince George's County

  • All Single-Family and Multifamily Rental Licenses are administered by DPIE's Enforcement Division, except for certain municipalities. To verify if your municipality falls under this exception, please look up your property address in the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) Real Property Search link. You will need to apply with your municipality, if the following municipalities/towns are listed under the "Town" column on the SDAT page:  Berwyn Heights, Bowie, Brentwood, Capitol Heights, Cheverly, College Park, District Heights, Edmonston, Forest Heights, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Landover Hills, Mount Rainier, New Carrollton, Riverdale Park, Seat Pleasant, Town of Laurel and University Park.

For questions related to single-family, multifamily and short-term rental licenses, email dpierentallicenses@co.pg.md.us.

License Fee

A single family rental property must have a valid rental license. Please view the DPIE Fee Schedule for the cost of a Single-Family House/Townhouse Rental License, which is for a 2-year license.

Exemptions

Exemptions are:

  1. If the tenant is the landlord's parent, son, daughter, sibling, grandchild, grandparent or in-law.
  2. If the landlord is an active member of any branch of the United States Armed Forces, Diplomatic Corps or Foreign Service, who maintains the subject property for his/her domicile and permanent residence.
  3. If the landlord has been relocated for employment or education, maintains the subject property as his/her domicile and permanent residence, and the subject property has not been leased for more than two (2) consecutive years.
Single Family Home

More Information

If a rental property is located where there is a Condominium Association, Cooperative Housing Corporation or Homeowners’ Association, certification must be provided from the appropriate entity that the dwelling unit does not have a lien for non-payment or Common Ownership fees and the dwelling unit does not violate any existing covenants or bylaws.

Lease Agreement Information for Seniors

Per CB-59-2015, Prince George’s County seniors living in specified age-restricted housing have the opportunity to enter into a 24-month lease agreement. Seniors will not incur fees or rent increases for the term of the lease. Landlords are required to provide written notice concerning the 24-month period when entering into a new lease or a renewal lease.

Should you have questions regarding this policy, please call PGC311 at 3-1-1.