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Old 09-13-2020, 12:03 PM
 
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Hello --

I recently bought an older but renovated home in PG County with the assumption that I would be able to have roommates, and only recently realized there is a county-specific rental licensing program that requires me to have a license even if I want to have a single roommate in PG. Has anyone gone through this process and can provide any tips/insights on how to get through inspection to get a license? I realize I probably should have known this prior to buying the house, but I had no idea and now I'm trying to figure out how be strategic about how I move forward given it will be hard for me to afford this house without at least one roommate.

Here's are my specific questions so far --

INSPECTION PROCESS

- I cannot find any documentation of what the DPIE inspection process actually entails. Does anyone know of a checklist or what will be checked?
- I know my house is older than 1978 and so will require the lead testing. Who does this testing and how much do I need to pay to get this lead testing done?


RENTING WITHOUT A LICENSE

- If for some reason I am unable to afford or qualify for a rental license, but I need to rent out a room in order to afford my house, what will be the penalty? I would focus on renting to a friend or colleague until I could afford an official license. I don't want to go this route, but also don't want to end up losing my house. On the PG County website, there is a line that states non-compliance is subject to "up to $1,000 a month" in fines. Is this the realistic fine or is this for major noncompliance / safety issues?


Thanks so much -- I really appreciate any insights/tips.
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Old 09-13-2020, 02:08 PM
 
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