Office of Consumer Protection

The Office of Consumer Protection is a division of the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services. Whether we are mediating disputes, taking enforcement action or providing tips on how to avoid scams or make smart purchasing decisions, we are helping to protect Howard County's consumers.

New Landlord Tenant Provision Take Effect December 12, 2018

Earlier this year, the Howard County Council enacted new provisions to the County Code giving tenants additional protection when renting housing in Howard County. Effective December 12, 2018, landlords must also ensure that their leases meet certain criteria set forth in the law. Find out more here


Don't Get Spooked by New Gift Card Scam


Halloween is over but the holiday shopping season is on its heels. If gift cards are on your shopping list, be on the lookout for a new scam that could turn your generous gift into a useless piece of plastic. Learn how.

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Howard County Consumer Protection

9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

410-313-6420 (voice/relay)

410-313-6453 (fax)