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Amount of Allowable Landlord Rent Increase

Montgomery County does not exercise rent control for rented residences (except in the incorporated City of Takoma Park). However, the County Council passed the COVID-19 Renter Relief Act which prohibits a landlord from raising a tenant's rent by more than 2.6% if that rent increase goes into effect after April 24, 2020 and during the catastrophic health emergency and for 90 days after the emergency ends. Landlords who previously notified tenants of a rent increase in excess of 2.6% that would come into effect after April 24 and during the catastrophic health emergency, must either notify them to disregard that notice or notify them that the rent will be increased by no more than 2.6%.

The Office of Landlord Tenant Affairs handles landlord and tenant disputes involving most residential rental properties located in Montgomery County however, does NOT have jurisdiction within the incorporated municipalities of the City of Gaithersburg (301-258-6340), City of Rockville (240-314-8330), City of Takoma Park (301-891-7119), Town of Barnesville, Town of Garrett Park, and the Town of Laytonsville. Questions regarding properties within these incorporated municipalities should be referred to Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. (1-800-487-6007) or the local municipality for further information.

To file a formal Landlord Tenant complaint, download a complaint form and follow the filing instructions by visiting the DHCA website utilizing the provided URL.

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To speak with a Customer Service Representative, please call 311 during business hours.

Last Updated: 08/07/2020 14:34:11