An accessory apartment in a house on Belton Road which has since been sold [see “Making a House an Apartment” in the February 2003 issue] has raised the issue of local zoning ordinances. Just what is allowed? Ron Bielany tracked down the following information on the Montgomery County laws that cover this issue.
The following explanations have been excerpted directly from the Montgomery County Housing Code Enforcement website at https://montgomerycountymd.gov/ DHCA/Resources/Files/housing/landlordtenant/publications/ hbk_room_rent_eng.pdf:
An owner not occupying his/her property can rent rooms to five unrelated persons living as a family with one kitchen. Renting to more than five persons is a violation of Chapter 59, Zoning Ordinance, of the Montgomery County Code.
Tenants renting basement rooms that are missing any of the requirements listed above are living in potentially dangerous units. Please call Housing Code Enforcement at 240.777.3785 if you have any questions regarding the safety or legality of a basement room.
[The URL above for the Montgomery County Housing Code Enforcement website has been updated since the printed newsletter.] ■
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