Fair Housing: Maryland

This page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This page is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.  

On these pages, you will find information about the protected classes in each state’s fair housing law as well as the cities and counties in the state’s three largest city or metropolitan areas that enforce additional fair housing protections. We highlight source of income protections, where applicable, that could substantially impact industry operations. Please see the footnotes. NAA also has resources on the federal fair housing protections that apply nationwide.

We are currently in the process of optimizing NAA’s Fair Housing Protected Class Resources. If you do not see a jurisdiction of interest, please reach out to the NAA Government Affairs Team at [email protected].

Information on this page is current as of March 2022.

Maryland Protected Classes

(State of Maryland Code Annotated § 20-701 et. seq)

  • Race

  • Color

  • National Origin

  • Religion

  • Sex

  • Familial Status

  • Disability

  • Gender Identity

  • Marital Status

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Source of Income1

1Source of Income means income from an occupation, any government or private assistance, any gift, annuity, pension, child support, alimony or other benefit, and the sale or pledge of, or interest in, property.

City of Baltimore Protected Classes

(City of Baltimore Municipal Code § 3-5 [page 19])​

The City of Baltimore is an independent City.

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Gender Expression

Baltimore Metro Area (Excluding Baltimore City)

(Anne Arundel County Code §§ 1-9-101 et seq.)​

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Citizenship Status
  • Creed
  • Gender Expression
  • Occupation

PLEASE NOTE: Source of income is protected in Anne Arundel County, but is defined with different language than the at the state level

(Baltimore County Code § 29-2-101 through 104)​

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Age
  • Creed
  • Gender Expression
  • Veteran Status

(Harford County Code § 95-4)​

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Creed
  • Occupation
  • Personal Appearance
  • Political Opinion

 

(Howard County Code §§ 12.207-12.207[C])​

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Age
  • Creed
  • Gender Expression
  • Occupation
  • Political Affiliation
  • Personal Appearance

 

Frederick Metro Area

(Fredrick County Code § 1-2-93)​

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Age

City of Frederick Protected Classes

(City of Frederick Municipal Code Appx. F - Housing Discrimination)

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.

Gaithersburg Metro Area

(Montgomery County Code § 27-12)​

In addition to enforcement of federal and state protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Age
  • Ancestry

City of Gaithersburg Protected Classes

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.