Guideline No. 43 – Rental Properties, Boarders and Shared Living

An In-Home Business Application will be required in the following instances:

The boarding or rental of more than one portion of a single family (detached or attached) or multi-family residence to unrelated persons; the boarding or rental of an entire single family (detached or attached) residence to more than one boarder or renter with the owner not in residence; where an owner has an interest in more than one single family (detached or attached) or multifamily residence in the Village of River Hill, the boarding or rental of more than one such residence.

Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • Description of parking requirements.

Note: If submitting an Exterior Alteration Application, it will not be accepted without a diagramed plot/plat plan.

Approval

Your application will most likely be approved if the following criteria are met:

  1. Vehicle parking is considered.

Approval Not Required

The following circumstances shall not be viewed as a home business for purposes of these Guidelines:

  1. The boarding or rental of a portion of a single family (detached or attached) or multi-family residence with the owner in residence, or
  2. The boarding or rental of an entire single family (detached or attached) or multifamily residence to one boarder or one renter with the owner not in residence.

Note: Rental Housing Licenses are required under Title14 Subtitle 9 of the Housing County Code to preserve the quality of rental housing in Howard County. Every dwelling or dwelling unit in Howard County not occupied solely by the owner or owner’s immediate family must be licensed. Howard County requires the licensing of any rental unit and an inspection of the premises.

All rental units must be reported to the County. Property Owners are held responsible for the property’s   covenant compliance and disclosure of requirements to tenants.

Vehicle parking is a prime concern, especially in multi-family, high density areas. Howard County requires approximately two spaces per unit.