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Rental Housing Business


  • Apartment
  • One Family Rental
  • Two Family Rental


One-Family Rental
One-family rental, which shall include the rental of single-family homes, townhouses, duplexes, individual condominium units, or individual rooms (including individual rooms in a residential building that the licensee also occupies);

Two-Family Rentals
Two-family rental, which shall include the rental of an English basement apartment, converted basement apartment, or carriage house in a single-family home where the main residence is occupied by the property owner or another tenant; and

Apartment Houses
Apartment houses, which shall include the rental of buildings with three (3) or more dwelling units.


An applicant for an Apartment must register with the DHCD after the Basic Business License has been accepted by the Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP). Upon registration with DHCD, the applicant returns to DLCP with the DHCD-stamped RAD Form in order for the license to be issued.

  • One Family Rental and Two Family Rental applicants must register with DHCD after the license has been issued by DLCP. 


Fee Schedule

Rental Housing Businesses & Fees


  • 3 Units: $453.20
  • 4 Units: $508.20
  • 5 Units: $563.20
  • 6 Units: $663.30
  • 7 Units: $718.30
  • 8 Units: $773.30
  • 9 Units: $828.30
  • 10 Units: $883.30

Family Rentals

  • One Family Rental – $198.00
  • Two Family Rental – $283.80

Resources and Information

Being or Becoming a Landlord in the District | A Handy Resource

If you are a current or aspiring landlord in the District, we have complied this new resource to help you with your business. This eBooklet is available in a desktop or mobile version so that you can keep it handy and accessible.


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