Why do I need to license my rental and have it inspected?

City Code sets minimum standards for the protection of health, safety, morals and general welfare of the public and of the owners and occupants of dwellings in the City of Cumberland. It is unlawful for the owner(s) of any rental dwelling unit to permit occupancy of any rental dwelling unit by another unless it is licensed by the City of Cumberland and every licensed dwelling unit shall be inspected on an occupancy basis.  To license a new rental, visit the Community Development’s online portal: Citizenserve.  To schedule an inspection, it can be done through the portal once you are registered and licensed, or you may call the Office of Community Development at 301-722-2000 Ext. 5600.

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1. Why do I need to license my rental and have it inspected?
2. Do I need to license my rental property if a family member is living there and not paying rent?
3. Why do I need a local Agent for my rental property?
4. My property has been sold, so I am no longer renting it out. Do I need to contact someone to remove it from the City’s rental program?
5. How much does a City inspection cost?
6. Do I have to have the property inspected every year?
7. Where can I find a lead inspector to inspect my property?
8. What is the penalty for failing to properly license or renew my rental?