Fair Housing Action Center of Maryland

Organization Description

The Fair Housing Action Center of Maryland works to ensure landlords, lenders, realtors, and property managers are in compliance with the Fair Housing Act, and works to ensure tenants across Maryland are living in safe and healthy housing. We have two distinct program areas: Fair Housing Enforcement, and Tenant Advocacy. 

Program Details

Tenant Advocacy Services

Program Website: Program Website

Program Description:

The Tenant Advocacy program allows Maryland tenants to receive free information about tenant rights and responsibilities, and help with individual rental issues such as:

  • Lead paint
  • Rent Escrow
  • Security Deposits
  • Denial of Essential Services (heat, water, stove, etc.)
  • Code Enforcement
  • Nonpayment of Rent (Please note: We do not provide direct financial assistance.)
  • Eviction Prevention
  • We also provide in-depth assistance with individual tenants, either through reaching an equitable agreement between the tenant and landlord, or through code enforcement, referrals to legal service providers, or referrals to other agencies or organizations that could be of assistance.

If you are a Maryland tenant, or own rental property in Maryland, and need help with a rental housing issue, please completely fill out the intake form. Someone will respond as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours. Please Note: We do not provide direct financial services to tenants who need help paying their rent. We may, however, be able to refer you to other organizations and agencies that might be able to help, depending on the eligibility requirements and funding availability.

General Housing Intake Form

Fair Housing Discrimination Intake Form

Program Contact Name: Carol Ott
Online intake form URL: Program intake form
Program uses Language Line (Y/N): Yes
Intake days/hours (other): 24/7 through online form
Cost or fee (describe): Free of charge
Eligibility-residence-county: Statewide
Housing - General: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Housing - Landlord/Tenant: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Se habla Español: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
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