Learn how to become a landlord and find resources for connecting with tenants.
You need to start by qualifying your business. The type of license you need will depend on the number of rental units at the property and whether you live at the property.
|To rent out …
|You’ll need …
|A property you don’t occupy
A property that has four or more units
|A Commercial Activity License Number
|A property you occupy that has three or fewer units
|An Activity License Number
Before applying, you will have to collect all the paperwork needed to apply for a rental license.
To apply for a rental license, landlords must be current on property taxes.
Take advantage of the City’s Tax Center
Lead can affect children’s brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced IQ, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems. Lead is also toxic and causes serious and long-lasting health issues for adults. Learn more about lead safety from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Landlords are required to test and certify rental properties as lead safe or lead free, in order to A) execute a new or renewed lease or B) receive or renew a rental license.
Addressing lead issues in your home: Renovation, Repair, and Repainting
Legal ownership of your property, with your name on the deed, allows you to obtain loans or grants, get homeowner’s insurance, and access utility or tax assistance programs, as well as rent or sell your property. Learn about two key issues that can affect your proof of ownership.
Obtain a certified copy of your deed here: this is especially important if the deed to your home was recorded before 2000
You can apply for this license online using eCLIPSE or by making an appointment at the Permit and License Center:
Learn more about how to get a Rental License.
Once you are licensed, you can start the process of finding a tenant. Here are resources to help you understand what to look for: