Information for Landlords and Tenants

The Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) assists both tenants and landlords in Howard County who have questions or problems involving rental housing.

  • Tenants and landlords can obtain information on Maryland laws that govern lease provisions, security deposits, habitability and evictions;
  • Tenants can file complaints if they believe their landlords have violated landlord-tenant laws. OCP helps tenants understand their rights, try to resolve the dispute through mediation and, if necessary, take action to address unfair or deceptive practices;
  • Landlords and prospective landlords can get the help they need to comply with landlord-tenant laws and be successful in their rental businesses.

Get started with Landlord-Tenant Quick Facts - Spanish translation

For more detailed information on Maryland Landlord-Tenant laws, check out OCP's Guide for Landlords and Tenants.

New! Effective January 1, 2015 the interest rate that landlords must pay on tenants' security deposits changed:

More Questions? Call the Office of Consumer Protection at 410-313-6420 or send us an e-mail