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Maryland

Overview

Like many other parts of the country, Maryland's growth has resulted in significant housing affordability challenges. Combatting housing affordability issues in the state will require holistic solutions that address the needs of all Maryland residents.

Maryland is home to over 6 million people.

More than 867,000 Marylanders call an apartment home, with demand on the rise.

72% of extremely low-income renters spend more than half of their income on housing.

Between now and 2030, Maryland will need to build 6,000 new apartment homes each year to keep up with demand.

Legal Landscape

Legal Landscape

The state of Maryland allows rent control in certain counties. Maryland Code, Local Government § 13-923 dictates “The County Commissioners of Washington County may enact a local law or adopt regulations to control the increase of rent in the county.”

ESTABLISH PREEMPTION

Rent control is an outdated concept. It benefits the very few—and not necessarily those in greatest need—at the expense of the larger society.

REJECT PRICE CONTROLS

It is important for lawmakers to pursue alternatives such as voucher-based rental assistance for those in greater need to better address housing affordability.

Alternative Approaches

Many states have adopted programs and initiatives to tackle the affordability crisis. In Maryland, policymakers and the housing industry have made concerted efforts to address the problem. Examples include:

Rental Housing Program

  • The Rental Housing Program aims to rehabilitate or create rental housing. Funds are made available to projects that restrict units to tenants with incomes below 60% of median income.

Modest Home Choices Act of 2020

The Modest Home Choices Act of 2020 would legalize a wide array of multifamily homes, including duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, cottage clusters, and townhouses. The bill would preempt local restrictive zoning codes in census tracts that meet certain criteria for jobs, transit access, and median household income.

Resources

 

Useful information to help inform and guide the development of viable solutions to the housing affordability crisis.

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