Rentals

HABITATIONS FOR RENT

How can I rent out a house or apartment I own or manage?

It's easy! Just fill out the Application for Certificate to Rent (PDF) to start the process. Once your application and payment is received, the Licensing Agent will contact you to confirm your inspection appointment (inspections are generally Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 10 am and 2 pm). If the residence passes inspection (most do) then your Rental Certificate will be issued on the spot. Rental Certificates must be renewed and the properties reinspected every 3 years.

What do I need for a rental certificate inspection?

Generally, rental certificate inspections are ensuring that any dwelling offered for rent meets all relevant codes (including the 105 CMR 410: Minimum Standards of Human Habitability and 780 CMR: Massachusetts State Building Code). More specifically, some of the things your inspector will look for include:

  • The Certificate to Rent is posted conspicuously.
  • The street number(s) are on the building and individual units.
  • The electrical panel/circuit breaker is accessible and labeled clearly.
  • Working Carbon Monoxide detector(s) are located within 10 feet of each bedroom.
  • Working smoke detectors are located in each bedroom and on each floor.
  • Egresses are clear.
  • A fully charged and functioning fire extinguisher is accessible.
  • Emergency lights are located in common areas or egresses of condominium complex.
  • Bedrooms are legal (see Board of Health Regulations Part VII, Article 6).
  • The premises are kept in a sanitary condition.
  • Proper trash and recycling bins are provided. Rubbish hauler pick-up schedule posted conspicuously.
  • Whether the unit is on the Provincetown Sewer System or on a private septic system (Title 5).

I just bought a house/condo that has a current rental certificate, do I need to update anything?

Yes, you must update the new owner information with the Licensing Agent at (508) 487-7000 extension 535. The Licensing Agent will print a new certificate to be posted at the unit. You will not need a new inspection until the existing certificate expires. There is no fee for updating the certificate.

I have switched property management companies, what does that mean for my rental certificate?

Please contact the Licensing Agent at (508) 487-7000 extension 535 as soon as possible. The Licensing Agent will print a new certificate to be posted at the unit. You will not need a new inspection until the existing certificate expires. There is no fee for updating the certificate.

How do I renew my rental certificate?

By filling out the same Application for a Certificate to Rent (PDF) form and turning it in to the Licensing Department. The process will be similar, an inspection will be scheduled and the inspector will look for the same items as your first inspection.