Landlord issues related to COVID-19 crisis

Landlords Working with Renters 
 

COVID Rent Relief: The Fourth Phase of the COVID Rent Relief Program is accepting applications through June 30, 2022 at www.mc311.com/rentrelief.  This fourth round of the County’s Rent Relief program provides financial assistance for past due rent paid directly to landlords for income eligible tenants that have experienced a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Landlords are encouraged to communicate this opportunity to tenants who have rental arrearages and to work with tenants to compile all required documents and submit applications at www.mc311.com/rentrelief. Please note a unique email address is needed for each application submitted. Landlords can include multiple tenants within one application, and we encourage you to work to submit one bulk application for all tenants that may be eligible.
  • Tenants may also choose to apply on their own. Tenants seeking support in applying for rental assistance should be directed to one of the Support Organizations listed in the blue box on this page or, call 311 (240-777-0311) to be directed to a County representative or partner.
  • Please see the landlord FAQ, instructional video, and more at www.mc311.com/rentrelief . If you have additional questions, send email to HSS@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov 

Rent Increase Notices: The County law limiting rent increase notices to the VRG and providing waivers for late fees expired at midnight on May 15, 2022. Beginning May 16, the County does not have any restriction on the rent increase percentage. We encourage landlords to minimize rent increases as much as possible and to work with tenants during this difficult time. 

Reminder, landlords must give at least 90 days’ notice prior to any rent increase and must offer a 2-year renewal or give the tenant a written reason why it is not being offered. For example, a rent increase notice given on June 1, 2022 does not take effect until September 1, 2022. Detailed rent increase notice and late fee requirements are addressed in the Landlord Tenant handbook

Support Organizations helping renters apply for benefits & negotiate payment plans

Legal Assistance Organizations

General Information

‚Äč Montgomery County Office of Landlord-Tenant Affairs: 311 (240-777-0311) or email olta.intake@montgomerycountymd.gov

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