Baltimore City Landlords

 

 

 

PSA About Limited Lead-Free Inspection Certificates: 

A “limited lead-free” inspection certificate is a certificate in which only the interior surfaces of an Affected Property are lead-free, but the exterior painted surfaces of the Affected Property are not lead-free. In order to pass an inspection for a limited lead-free certificate, all exterior paint of the Affected Property must be intact. A limited lead-free inspection certificate has a two-year expiration date. Every two years, owners must recertify that the Affected Property is free of chipping, peeling, or flaking paint. If the limited lead-free inspection certificate expires and is not timely recertified by the owner, the owner must obtain a new limited lead-free inspection certificate for the Affected Property and pay MDE another $10 lead processing fee per property/unit.
Read the Law: Md. Code Ann., Environment § 6-804 and § 6-843; Code of Maryland Regulation 26.16.02

This just in! Water bills are now being sent out again! Attached is a form from Baltimore City explaining your water bill that will be coming to you shortly! 

Baltimore City Water Ransomware Attack:

 

Understanding Your Upcoming Water Bill:

 

1.) Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) is working diligently to restore our water billing system, which was directly impacted by the recent ransomware attack. When customers receive the next available water bill, please know the bill will be higher because it covers a longer time period.

 

2.) To make payments, customers can mail a check or money order based on the last bill received to the Director of Finance, 200 Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Payments must include your water account number and/or water service address.

 

3.) Due to recent events, late fees starting from May 6, 2019 will be waived. Customer payment plans and/or water bill assistance are available. If you have questions and/or need assistance regarding water bills, please contact DPW Customer Service and Support Division at 410-396-5398.

Changes to the Baltimore City Inspection Process

 

The time has come... the City of Baltimore recently passed legislation that requires all residential rental properties to be inspected by a State Licensed Home Inspector.

PLEASE download the form because things have CHANGED! 

Download the checklist 

***Revisions effective NOVEMBER 2ND, 2018!***


Owners must install 10 year sealed battery smoke detectors in each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in compliance with the year your property was built.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms must be located outside of sleeping area and near fuel-burning heating units (if applicable).

The program will take effect beginning on August 1, 2018. 

Download the file below to see the new inspection sheet that will be used by all inspectors.

More information can be found here

Contact Information for Baltimore City regarding the new information is below: 

Property Registration and Licensing Division
417 E. Fayette Street, Room 100

   410-396-3575

property_registration@baltimorecity.gov

Contact our office if you are looking for an inspector

Updated Inspection sheet as of 10/29/2018
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Checklist as of 10/29/18
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Multi Family Properties

1. If your MFD license is scheduled to expire in 2018 you are NOT required to get a thid party inspection. A Baltimore City inspector will conduct the inspection as scheduled. 

 

2. Any MFDs whose license(s) will expire AFTER December 31, 2018, must get a third party inspector. 

MFD Checklist as of 10/29/18
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Concord is BBB Accredited!

Concord is now using PayPal!!

Owners, if you have a PayPal account we can now transfer your rent proceeds through PayPal

Please contact the office for more information

*Additional fees may apply or may be assesed

The Difference Between Repairs and Improvements

 

Know which repairs landlords can deduct from their taxes.

New 2018 Smoke Detector Law

A new law requiring a smoke detector on each level of a home is now in effect in Maryland.

 

The law requires that by January 1, 2018, a minimum of one smoke alarm is installed on every level of a home. Battery operated smoke alarms remain acceptable, but the law requires that the alarms be tamper proof and powered by long-life batteries, and possess hush button features to discourage unsafe removal.

New Water Billing System

In October of this year, the Department of Public Works (DPW) will start BaltiMeter Billing, a new water and sewer billing system that will enhance DPW's infrastructure and help to ensure customers receive efficient and reliable billing services.  The below information affects only City customers at this time. 

Please click the links below to receive information on the new billing system.

Understanding Your New Balt. City Waterbill
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SMOKE DETECTORS

Please click the following links below to receive information regarding changes to smoke detector laws for rental properties.

New Smoke Detector Law
Smoke Detector Law.pdf
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Lead Rental Property Registry

Update for 2017

 
As of January 1, 2015, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) have made changes in the law that will affect all rental properties built before 1978: (Search your ID # by clicking the button below)
  • All residential rental properties constructed prior to 1978 must comply with Maryland's Lead Risk Reduction in Housing Act 
  • For questions regarding registering or renewing your property, please email the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) here
  • Fee to the MDE is $30.00/unit.
  • All rental property owners in Maryland are encouraged to contract the Maryland Department of the Environment to acquire their MDE Owner Tracking Number at 410-537-4199, or for toll-free callers 1-800-776-2706. This number identifies YOU, the Owner, with the MDE, and will be the same for all rental properties YOU own under this name with the MDE.
 
Lead Inspection Certificates are required for each tenant turnover.

"What are my responsibilities as a rental property owner in Maryland regarding the lead poisoning program?"  

Concord has provided the following documents below for you to review and complete from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE):

Lead Rental Property Registration Form
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Educational Materials Required at Tenancy
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MDE Pamphlet Protect Your Family From Lead
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Notice of Tenant's Rights Lead Program
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Lead accredited inspectors are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to answer your questions and schedule your appointment. 

Call Abode today at 410-661-6962

 

For more information about the laws and registration processes, contact Abode Home Inspections
Email Abode's office by clicking the icon below!
Baltimore City Property Registration
 
For rental property owners in Baltimore City, you must register each dwelling unit with:
  • The City of Baltimore annually. Contact the City of Baltimore at 410-396-3575 to request the registration materials. Fee to the City of Baltimore is $30.00/unit.
  • If you don't know, click the ORANGE button below and search your property!

Property Management

 

Concord strives to facilitate the management of properties with owners rather than dictate the process. 

 

Who decides on the amount of monthly rent?  

  • You, the Property Owner.
  • Concord can offer assistance by providing Owners with information on rental amounts in the area.

 

How much does all of this cost me?  

  • All of Concord's services are provided for one, low, tax-deductible, monthly fee, which is generally 10% of the monthly rent. 

 

How do I get my money from Concord? 

  • Concord will disburse rent payments to Owner, once the Tenant payment has cleared Concord's account.
  • Concord can send payments to the Owner, or arrange for payments to be transferred to their personal bank if they are affiliated with PNC, M&T, Wells Fargo, Suntrust, SECU or Bank of America
  • A monthly statement and maintenance log will be emailed to the Owner for record keeping purposes. 
  • Concord may be able to set up ACH payments through your Banking institution
Balto. City evictions booklet
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What happens if the tenant pays the rent late?

  • Concord has a strict policy on rent collections. All rents are due on or before the date designated in the lease agreement.
  • Tenants have a grace period of 3-5 days to pay for the rent in the lease agreement.
  • On the next day, following the grace period, Concord will start a District Court proceeding against the tenant. (See diagram below)
  • Concord also executes eviction proceedings against tenants in default. (Click the file dowload ABOVE)
  • The Owner is responsible for the charges regarding the eviction process.
  • Concord offers many options for the tenant to pay rent with our online rent service, 2 office locations, 5 bank affiliations, and personal pick ups.

 

 

 

How are repair items handled? 

  • It is expected that Property Owners allow Concord the leeway to make smaller day-to-day repair decisions.
  • Monies established in the Owner's Escrow Account will be used for these repairs with the Owner's approval.
  • This escrow account can be used to pay outstanding invoices and can be replenished by the collected rent or directly by an Owner's payment.
  • Owners can set their own limit for repairs, which can be made preauthorized, or would require the Owners authorization.
  • Any repair in excess of the escrow account balance will automatically require an Owner's authorization. 
  • Concord is affiliated with many different handyman companies for these repairs.
  • Concord has licensed Maryland Home Improvement contractors on staff, so you can be assured that the job wil be done correctly. 
  • With larger, non-emergency repair items, such as carpeting, Concord will contact the Property Owner with estimates from multiple contractors, to see how the Owner would like to proceed.
  • Owners are free to obtain their own estimates and arrange for the repairs themselves.
  • Emergency repairs will be handled immediately by Concord, but we will promptly notify the Owner.

 

How do I correspond with Concord? 

  • Concord is readily available to both Property Owners and Tenants by our phone, email, fax, and our website, 24/7.
  • We also provide cell phone numbers for staff members upon request for calls and text messaging.

 

What is the penalty to terminate my contract with Concord? 

  • Concord's job is to keep your business.
  • We are very confident that you will be satisfied with the services we provide you.
  • There is no risk to you when you hire Concord as your Property Manager.
  • Provisions regarding termination are outlined in each management contract. 
 
 
For Baltimore City Property Owners to keep in mind:
  • Be prepared for evictions and be educated on the current laws.
  • Each property needs to be registered annually for the city.
  • Each property needs to be registered annually with the state, if required by the MDE. (Click GREEN button below)
  • Failure to comply with the guidelines will result in your eviction being delayed or canceled. 
  • Concord reassures you that the proper steps will be taken to remove a tenant from your property.

Landlord Dropbox Accounts

 

Concord offers cloud accounts through Dropbox to

view and access all documents for properties under CPM.

Tenant Placement Services

 

For those not interested in Property Management but seek help with tenant placement, Concord offers Tenant Placement ServicesConcord is able to assist with the following:

 

  • Advertising the property
  • Showing the property 
  • Screening applicants 
  • Preparing the lease and required documents
  • The general fee for tenant placement service is one full month's rent
  • Should Owner wish to have their property listed through MRIS, then an additional broker fee would be assessed

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                      Testimonials

At Concord, we strive to obtain the trust and confidence of our clients.  Our client's satisfaction with the personalized attention and full range of services that we provide is our company's goal.

 

If you are one of our existing clients, we would be honored if you took the time to provide a testimonial to share on this web-site for others to review.  Please email us to submit your testimonial.  A referral from a client is the ultimate compliment for any business, and at Concord, we also work very hard to establish a close, professional relationship with the tenants of the properties we manage.  If you are one of our existing tenants or you have been one of our tenants in the past, we would appreciate your time to provide other prospective rental applicants with a testimonial about our company's service and management style. 

A new client with Concord that we just leased their property shared: "That is fantastic, we really appreciate the effort that was put into finding a tenant."

-Chuck

 

"Thanks again for everything. You've been awesome and I truly mean that. This whole house rental thing was not a apart of my plan, but you made it palatable. Wish I was there to convey this in person. You run a tight ship and y'all are an excellent property management group."

- Shawn 

 

"Thank you very much. I'm glad to see the extra renovations were worth doing. You do a great job if we've never told you that before. Thanks again."

- Jamie

 

"Thanks Tonya for all the help!! You've been great to help me finding the tenant in such short time frame. I will definitely refer my friends to you and concord property. Thanks." 

- WiIbur 

 

"Gosh where do I begin- Concord Property Management saved us a lot of money and "stress" by doing what they do so well. From the first day, Tonya and her staff had been more than helpful to educate us with our many questions about our new experience in using a management company. It's the best thing we ever did, was hire Concord. Our monthly statements and deposits were always on time and without errors. I feel she is fair with both  parties involved, and did a great job screening our tenant. You truly did make our lives less STRESSFUL! We would be more than happy to let Concord handle all our affairs again, should the need arise again. Thank you again."

- Joe & Cheryl Wrightson

 

"To Whom It May Concern:  Concord Property Management has been handling my home as a rental property for 4 years.  During that time, I have had not one complaint or misgiving regarding their business decisions.  The company is above board on all aspects.  They take great pride in their work, respond promptly to any situation that needs attention, and treat both the renter and owner with highest regard and respect.  I would recommend them most highly- I am very, very pleased with this company.  I can't imagine having to do this on my own!"

- Kathy Farrell Mary (Kathy) Farrell, Administrative Secretary

School Improvement, Instruction, and Administration/Title 1

 

"Concord Properties has been managing my two units for over two years.  They have always conducted themselves with the highest level of professionalism and integrity.  There have been a few challenging situations that have come up during this past year in which Concord has gone above and beyond expectations to resolve.  I highly recommend their services."

- Charlie Belt

 

"As a first time landlord I had a lot of anxiety over getting my property ready to be converted into a rental.The abundance of paperwork for registering the Rental Property, meeting MDE Lead Certification Regulations, and finding, screening good tenants to occupy the property was daunting for someone that works a full time job.  I stumbled upon Concord Property Management in search for someone to help with the Lead Certification and what I actually found was a full service property manager that would coordinate all of the necessary paperwork, help get the property in shape for a lead inspection, perform the Lead Inspection and get the property good tenants. Over the last 2 years I have not had to do any maintenance or work associated with the property.  The Concord team has handled everything from fixing windows, painting, fixing doors and coordination with tenants.  Every month I receive the rent check, which is deposited directly into my account (talk about convenience) and a monthly Revenue/Expense statement.  At the end of the year Concord also issues out 1099s for tax purposes, making my life a whole lot easier.  Thank you to Tonya and the Concord team!"

- Jon Kraft/ Bowman Consulting

 

"My current experience using Concord as a property management company has been excellent. They are prompt in response to my needs and the needs of my renters. They also handle difficult situations in a very professional manner.  As a rental property owner I would recommend them to everyone."

- Sonya Smith-Valentine

"I have been working with Concord management for about five years and they continue to impress me just as if they were beginning a new customer! They are extremely reliable and knowledgeable.  I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a management company."

- Dominic Cicero

 

"I am very impressed with the service I receive from Concord Property Management Service.  Anytime there is a problem with any of my properties, Mrs. Lurz takes care of it asap. Mr. Lurz does all the maintenance on my properties at a fair price.  He does an outstanding job on any work that needs to be done.  I will continue to use their services and I would encourage anyone who has rental properties and doesn't want the hassle to use their services."

- Velma Ames

 

"Concord has been my Management Company for the past 3 years  They have done an excellent job managing my properties.  They have always been honest with me. I have three properties with them and they have done a great job on all of them."

- Khalil Singh

 

"Concord Property Management has been handling our rental townhouse in Baltimore County for over 5 years. They handle all aspects of the rental including, at our request, any routine maintenance of the property We always receive the rent on time, along with a detailed spread sheet showing any expenditures for the month. If there are any major repairs that are needed we receive a call or e-mail with the explanation. Tonya and her husband Joel are first class and extremely professional. Our only regret is that we don’t have other rental properties for them to manage. We very highly recommend Tonya and Joel to handle any property management."

- Brian & Cherie Spector Easton, MD

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