Baltimore City County Council Bill 18-0185:
On Monday, January 22nd, the Baltimore City Council introduced a licensing bill that has been in the works for some time. Some may recall an article I wrote last year on the topic. Mounting mayoral political pressure and a March 2017 report by the Center of Community Progress were catalysts for what was an inevitable rental regulation strategy for the city - a licensing bill for one and two-unit rentals. It wasn't a question of if, but when. The City Housing and Community Development Leadership Team deserve a ton of credit for their outreach and overriding goal to be inclusive in their aim to create responsible legislation.
As a member of the Maryland Multi-Housing Association, and a voice for the small business and independent landlord, there were two occasions to meet in person and help give this bill some shape. There was also an opportunity to provide feedback on the drafts. Many suggested elements have been incorporated in some way, shape or form. The language drafting and thoughtfulness that went into creating Bill 18-0185 was a measured and methodical approach in an attempt to create responsible legislation.
Is it without concerns? No. However, it could be a lot worse.