Owner Resources

Please Use This Page To Reference Information Pertaining To Rental Laws, Requirements And Paradigms Procedures 

All Documents found on this page can also be found on the Owners Document page and the Owners Cloud Portal

Maryland Attorney General Landlord & Tenant Laws

Attorney General Landlord Tenant

The People's Law Library of Maryland

List of Counties that requier Rental Housing Registration

Click on County Name to see county website for more info

Baltimore County Rental Housing Registration Requirements

Baltimore County Registration Fee per unit $50.00 every Three Years
Required to pass a county inspection - State-licensed home inspector Fee per unit EST $145.00
Inspection Sheet for owner Reference (PDF)
           Most inspection fail due to lack of (Item A) - Hardwired interconnected smoke detectors
Carbon Monoxide Alarm Verification (PDF)
Fair Housing Law  (PDF)
Maryland Accessibility Act  (PDF)
Maryland Lead Paint Certificate Fee Est $290 (If applicable) (See Maryland Department of the Environment)
Rental Housing Application (PDF)
Rental Housing Application Payment Coupon (PDF)

Apply Online or by Mail (Paradigm will take care of all of this for you)

Howard County Rental Housing Registration Requirements

Howard County Registration Fee per unit $93.50 every Two Years
Required to pass a county inspection - State inspector assigned by county Fee per unit $
Inspection Sheet for owner Reference (PDF) - Please keep in mind that this is not an all inclusive list of items only the most commonly failed items to help you to be ready for your inspection.
           Most inspection fail due to lack of (Item A) - smoke detectors
Rental Housing Licensing Info Fact Finder (PDF)
Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations (PDF)
Fair Housing Law  (PDF)
Maryland Accessibility Act  (PDF)
Maryland Lead Paint Certificate Fee Est $290 (If applicable) (See Maryland Department of the Environment)
Rental Housing Application (PDF)


Apply  by Mail (Paradigm will take care of all of this for you)

Maryland Department Of The Enviroment 

Lead Information for Rental Owners

Maryland’s Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing law requires owners of rental properties built before 1978 to register their units with Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), distribute specific educational materials, and meet specific lead paint risk reduction standards at certain triggering events.
(REF - http://mde.maryland.gov/programs/Land/LeadPoisoningPrevention/RentalPropertyOwners/Pages/Programs/LandPrograms/LeadCoordination/rentalOwners/index.aspx)
Maryland Lead Registration Fee per unit per year $30.00
Effective 1/1/2015 all rental properties build prior to 1978 must comply with MDE Lead Act (PDF)
Effective 1/1/2012 the bill requires lead contaminated dust testing (PDF)
Required to pass a county lead inspection and test 
State accredited lead paint inspector Fees (Fees very depending on size of house) EST $290.00
           Most inspection fail due to unfinished basements and entry ways (Wipe down with wet cloth 2ft by 2ft area in all                entry ways. Lead is a natural mineral and if found in nature, we can track small amounts of lead into the house from our                day to day outings.)
Facts about MD Lead Laws and Compliance Requirements (PDF)
Distribution Of Tenant Educational Information:
             Notice Of Tenants Rights (PDF)
             Protect Your Family From Lead In your Home (PDF)
Summary Of Owner Rights And Responsibilities (PDF)
Types of Lead Paint Certificates (PDF)
Property Owner Compliance Form (PDF)
Check Property Registration

Tests and all Compliance Requirements must be redone after every tenant turnover and before any new tenant can take occupancy!

Apply Online or by Mail (Paradigm will take care of all of this for you)


 

How Paradigm Handles Water Bills

Some Counties will allow owners to transfer the water bills into the Tenants names however Paradigm strongly discourages this practices. Although this agreement to change the name on the bill(s) is between the owner, and the tenant. The owner, will still maintain full responsibility for all payments of utility charges on the property. If the utility bills become past due, the service will be subject to turn-off and any unpaid balance(s) will be collected through the tax sale process or other debt collection methods. Utility accounts are maintained in the name of the property owner and charges are a lien against the property. This can cause major issues, if the bills are going directly to the tenant, Paradigm has no ability to maintain the account to make sure the bills are being paid and paid on time to protect your property if the bills are going to the property address in the tenants name. 

We ask you to change the billing address to Paradigms Corp. office location. When we receive the bill we will pay the bill on your behalf and then forward the bill to the tenant for reimbursement on the following months rent. 

or

You can have the bills mailed to your home and then forward a copy to Paradigm when you receive the bill. You will be responsible to pay the bill upfront. Paradigm will forward the bill to the tenant for reimbursement on the following months rent. 


Please Change the mailing address for your water bill to:
Paradigm Property Mgmt
324 Bryanstone Rd
Reisterstown, MD 21136

Change of Address for Counties
Anne Arundel County - Change of Address Form (PDF) - Fax (410) 222-1202 or Email custserv@aacounty.org or Call (410) 222-1144 or Mail Form to:
                        Billing and Customer Service
                        P.O. Box 427
                        Annapolis, MD 21404 
Annapolis - Change of Address Form (PDF) -  Mail Form to:
                       City of Annapolis
                       160 Duke of Glouceter Street
                       Room 103
                       Annapolis,MD 21401
Baltimore County - Fill out online form and Submit
Howard County - Must Call the Water and Sewer Billing Department at (410) 313-2058
Montgomery County - Must Call the Water and Sewer Billing Department at (937) 781-2666
Harford County - Must Call the Water and Sewer Billing Department at (410) 638-3311 or Email harfordws@harfordcountymd.gov
Carroll County - Must Call the Water and Sewer Billing Department at (770) 832-1277
Westminster - Must Call the Water and Sewer Billing Department at (410) 848-3255
Prince George's County - WSSC - Fill out online form and Submit
Kent County - Must Call the Water and Sewer Billing Department at (410) 778-7478
​Worcester County - Must Call the Water and Sewer Billing Department at (410) 641-5251 





BGE Automatic Change Name Program & Property Manager Online Services

Paradigm asks all property owners that have properties under Baltimore Gas and Electric to enroll in BGE's ACN Program. This program offers many great services and benefits, please read below or go to BGE Manage Properties for more information.


Based on a written agreement between BGE and the landlord or property owner/manager, services are not turned off when tenants notify BGE of a request for service termination. Instead the gas and/or electric service is transferred to your name and the bills are sent to your mailing address. Landlords and property managers benefit in several ways:

  • The Service Application Charge is waived when properties covered by this program transfer into your name.
  • Heat remains available to protect your property during cold weather.
  • Service is available for post-occupancy repairs and renovation and for showing the property to prospective tenants.
  • BGE notifies property owners/managers when a tenant notifies BGE of a request for service termination.

We notify you of the transfer by mail, which usually takes three business days. For properties not covered by the Automatic Change Name Program, meters are turned off when a tenant calls to discontinue service, unless contact to BGE is made to begin service at the property.

Landlords and property owners/managers who are ACN Program participants can do the following online by using Property Manager Online Services (PMOS):

  • Submit a tenant's application for service and track the application’s status
  • Submit requests to add or delete properties from the ACN Program
  • Submit requests to change bill to mailing address for their properties
  • View annual consumption history for each property enrolled
  • View account holder status and effective date for each property
  • View payment information for accounts currently in their name
  • View and print current and previous bills for properties currently in their name
  • View service order information when tenants advise BGE that they are vacating, replacing paper notifications sent by mail.
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​​(REF  https://www.bge.com/MyAccount/MyService/Pages/Manage-Properties.aspx​)