RadioOnFire.com – In a party-line vote, the Baltimore County Council approved the HOME Act on Monday night.
The ordinance prohibits landlords from refusing to rent to tenants based on their source of income.
The measure was approved by a vote of 4-3, with the council’s four Democrats voting in favor of the measure and the council’s three Republicans voting against it.
Sources of income include federal housing vouchers that help low-income residents pay for housing.
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. was required to introduce the bill as part of a 2016 county agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The measure had been opposed by landlords who told the council the measure would create additional paperwork to comply with federal laws.
Olszewski had said the ordinance would eliminate income discrimination by landlords which he believed was used to keep low-income and minority residents from renting their properties.
Across the state, nearly 70% of voucher recipients are seniors, people with disabilities or children.
The county gives out 5,000 vouchers.
After Monday night’s vote, Olszewski praised the council’s approval of the measure.