Create Your City Living Profile
When you create a City Living Profile, you’re helping us understand how we can best help you. Additionally, you’re gaining access to customizable tools we developed to make your home search as user-friendly as possible.
Explore The Neighborhoods
Each neighborhood has a soul. It’s expressed in the types of architecture and businesses you find there, the culture of the people and the stories they pass down, even in the kind of amenities that make for desirable quality of life. All of these things differ from one neighborhood to the next. Narrow down your search by using our Interactive Map and Neighborhood Profiles to save the neighborhoods that pique your interest and are inspired to explore to your City Living Profile.
Have specific questions? Contact one of our Neighborhood Know-It-Alls to get the scoop. Whatever you do, just make sure you go and experience the neighborhoods for yourself The only way to get a feel for a place is with your feet on the ground.
Did You Know There’s a Tax Credit for Renters?
Since renters indirectly pay property taxes as part of their rent, you may qualify for an annual credit of up to $750 from the State of Maryland. The credit is based upon the relationship between your monthly rent and your gross annual income—and whether or not the portion of your rent that is attributed to indirectly paying property taxes exceeds a fixed amount. Check your eligibility on our Financial Incentives page.
Where to Look for Rental Listings?
If you’re looking for a rentals in Baltimore, many local newspapers have rental listings in their classified sections. Craigslist is often a go-to for landlords to list their rentals. And we also have Apartment Property partners in great neighborhoods all over the city. But often times in Baltimore, just hitting the streets on foot and spotting “For Rent” signs in windows can be the best way to happen upon your next home sweet home!
It’s a little known fact that many Real Estate Agents also show rental properties. So consider working with one of our trusted City Living Experts. There are other Real Estate Agents in the city who will work with you as well. The important thing is to find someone you feel comfortable working with. You can see which rentals are listed with agents at MRISHomes.com by selecting the "Residential Rentals" options in your search.
Getting Your Keys and Moving In
Most people don’t consider negotiating a lease but the fact is that leases are just like any other contract that can be amended to suit the needs of either the landlord or tenant. Before signing a lease it’s important to know exactly what stipulations the lease entails and under what circumstances can your lease be broken. Believe it or not, in Maryland a binding lease can be written or oral.
For more information about tenant and landlord rights and assistance with understanding your lease contact Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. (BNI). BNI is a nonprofit with a free landlord-tenant hotline to answer any of your questions. The organization also offers free introductory packets to tenants and landlords about topics such as security deposits, evictions, rent court, maintenance, and proper notice.
Once you have a date set to move in, start packing! Our list of Home Services partners includes moving companies that can help get you to your new place.
Renters Need Insurance, too
Renters Insurance will cover the loss of personal items due to fire or other unfortunate accidents, and it’s very affordable. If your property is damaged while renting, it will not be covered under the policy of the building owner; only you can insure your personal belongings. Our list of Home Services partners also includes insurance agency contacts.
Get Your Welcome Gift
Update your Profile and send us an email with your new City Living Status and new address and we'll send you a welcome gift! And if you really want to immerse yourself in city life, become a Neighborhood Know-It-All so you can help others through their process of learning about neighborhoods. We look forward to seeing you around, neighbor!