COVID-19 Information Update
The COVID-19 Renter Relief Act prohibits landlords in Montgomery County from increasing existing tenants’ rent by more than 2.6% after April 24 and during the COVID-19 catastrophic health emergency signed by the Governor of Maryland on March 5, 2020.
This applies to all licensed residential rentals in Montgomery County, including rental units in multifamily buildings, houses, townhouses, individual condo units, and accessory dwelling units.
Landlords who previously notified tenants of a rent increase in excess of 2.6% that comes into effect after April 24 and during the catastrophic health emergency or, who gave tenants notice of a rent increase of more than 2.6% since the start of the March 5 emergency, must either notify them to disregard that notice or notify them that the rent amount under the notice will be an amount representing an increase of no greater than 2.6%. Learn more about the COVID-19 Renter Relief Act.
The Montgomery County Department of Housing Affairs' website has information about the eviction process, renters working with landlords, changes in housing code enforcement, and county resources.
Is your legal problem located in any of these areas? Do you live in one of the following cities? Make sure you explore your legal problem based on the rules for your specific location.
The Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs Division of Housing and Code Enforcement, Landlord-Tenant Affairs section, handles Montgomery County Landlord-tenant issues. To contact the office or file a complaint online, visit their website. To get information regarding your legal problem, refer to the Montgomery County Landlord-Tenant Rules and Laws Handbook.
City of Rockville
The Rockville City Code and Charter can be viewed online. The section concerning landlord-tenant law is in Chapter 18, Article IV of the code. You can call or visit the Landlord/Tenant Affairs Commission to get more information or file a complaint.
City of Gaithersburg
The City of Gaithersburg’s Landlord-Tenant Code can be viewed online. The City’s Neighborhood Services Division can answer landlord-tenant questions and can mediate disputes between landlords and tenants.
City of Takoma Park
The City of Takoma Park's landlord-tenant laws can be found online. The City’s Housing and Community Development publishes a Landlord-Tenant Handbook of Laws and Regulations for Takoma Park (Spanish) that provides information. You can also call or visit them for help.