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Renting your Silver Spring, MD Home - 5 Important Reminders
1. Don't forget your landlord's license!
When you convert your home into a rental property you are required to obtain a Rental Housing License, or landlord's license, through the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The application needs to be accompanied by the annual registration fee: $56 for Condos and $98 for Detached Homes, Duplexes and Townhouses. The license year runs through June 30th, 2012. Regardless of the date on your application, the fee is due in full.
2. Moving out of State? Designate a "Legal Agent"
If you are moving out of Maryland (yes, that includes Washington DC and Northern Virginia) you must designate a "Legal Agent" who can accept documents on your behalf. You do not have to hire a property manager for that purpose and can designate a family member or friend as long as he/she resides within the State of Maryland. Your legal agent has to sign your rental application!
3. Security Deposit
The security deposit (1 month rent is considered "the norm", 2 months rent the max allowable amount) must be deposited into a designated account at a Maryland banking institution within 30 days of receipt. Interest on the security deposit is not voluntary and rates are set: since 2004 the interest is 3% annually (yes, even if that is more than your bank is paying you, you still have to pay the 3%!) The security deposit must be returned within 45 days after the tenant has vacated the property. It can only be withheld for actual damages (itemized list must be provided) and unpaid rent. Ordinary wear & tear is not considered a "damage"!
If your property was built prior to January 1st, 1950 you are required to register it with the Maryland Department of Environment. Your registration must be renewed annually and costs $15. You will also have to get a lead inspection done and provide a copy of your certification with your Landlord License application! If your house does not pass inspection, the specific lead hazard reduction treatments must be performed and a verification inspection by an accredited inspector must be completed.
5. Home Sweet Home
Every rental property should be in compliance with building codes, safe and sanitary with all major systems and appliances in working condition. However, these are just the basic requirements. Most renters are looking for more than just shelter, they are looking for a home! Renters appreciate bright spaces, upgrades and a touch of personality, too.
A bland space that lacks personality will not attract the same interest, neither will outdated houses. Consider having the walls painted in neutral colors vs. just white, changing out the vertical blinds for some modern shades, replacing the worn carpet vs. hoping it will last one more tenant and upgrading appliances, counters, flooring etc. when they need replacing anyway.
A happy and comfortable tenant will be more likely to maintain the property and be more inclined to renew the lease.
Andrea is a proud military spouse, mom of two beautiful little girls, hobby decorator and a Realtor® based in Silver Spring, MD. Andrea focuses on Montgomery County and Howard County Real Estate, she enjoys everything beautiful in life and always answers the phone with a smile.
All photographs are my own and I'd like to keep it that way. All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
From Bethesda to Odenton - Montgomery & Howard County Real Estate blog
My blog is a mix of information about Maryland Real Estate, community spotlights, customer service discussions, industry news and trends, things to do & places to visit ... - sprinkled with a candid perspective of the life, times & tribulations of my life as a Realtor, mom and military spouse in the national capitol area
Please visit mdhomes4mil.com - my blog for military families stationed at WRNMMC/NSA Bethesda and Fort Meade!
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Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.