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Lease Summary

Effective March 13, 2017, Section 29-27(w) of the Montgomery County Code requires that all licensed landlords attach the Lease Summary to each new lease. The summary defines the key terms of the lease, summarizes tenant rights and responsibilities, and provides information about services available to tenants from the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA).

  • Lease Summary
    Effective March 13, 2017, all licensed landlords in Montgomery County are required to attach the Lease Summary to each new lease.​
    Chinese - English - French - Korean - Spanish - Vietnamese

Sample Leases

Below, free of charge, are model leases that landlords can use for their rental properties. These leases comply with all applicable State and County Landlord-Tenant laws and DHCA encourages their use to protect the tenant’s as well as the landlord’s rights.

  • Single-Family
    Approved Montgomery County lease for single-family dwellings
    English - Spanish *
  • Apartment/Condominium
    Approved Montgomery County lease for apartments/condominiums
    Chinese - English - French - Korean - Spanish - Vietnamese
  • Accessory Apartment
    Approved Montgomery County lease for Accessory Apartments
    English - Spanish *
  • Room Rental
    Sample room rental lease containing rights of tenants required by law
    English - Spanish

If you are a licensed landlord, own ten, or fewer units and would like DHCA to run a credit check on a prospective tenant, you must use the Rental Application below. There is a nominal fee for this service.

  • Rental Application
    Must be used by landlord to access credit checks provided through the Licensing Unit.

Lead Paint Information

If a property was constructed prior to 1978, the landlord must include the documents listed below with the lease agreement. In addition, the landlord must do lead testing between each tenancy. Contact the Licensing and Registration unit at 311 or 240-777-0311 for more detailed information regarding this requirement.

  • Lead Paint Addendum
    Must be included with every single-family, apartment, condominium, and accessory apartment lease
  • Notice of Tenant’s Rights
    Must be included with every single-family, apartment, condominium, and accessory apartment lease
  • Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home
    Must be included with every single-family, apartment, condominium, and accessory apartment lease
    English - Spanish

Other Publications


COLTA Newsletter

A newsletter that is published periodically by the Commsion on Landlord-Tenant Affairs (COLTA)

Notices

Booklets/Pamphlets

  • Landlord-Tenant Handbook
    Rights and responsibilities of Landlord-Tenant law
    Chinese - English - French - Korean - Spanish - Vietnamese
  • Ordinary Wear and Tear Booklet
    Guidelines, responsibilities of landlords and tenants regarding maintenance of the rental property
    English - Spanish
  • Eviction Prevention
    Information regarding the eviction process and preventing evictions
    English - Spanish
  • Room Rentals
    Basic rights/responsibilities of tenants and landlords in rooming situations
    English - Spanish
  • Preparing For Your Hearing
    Information on preparing for a hearing before the Commsion on Landlord-Tenant Affairs (COLTA)
  • Condominium Conversion Handbook
    Rights of tenants when rental housing is converted to condominiums
    English - Spanish
     

*Content will be provided in Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. They will be posted as soon as they become available.

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