Apartment industry confirmed as an essential business
On a Thursday afternoon during the Covid-19 crisis, MMHA received information from a member about a County Inspector stopping by a property stating that offices in apartment communities are not essential, must remain closed with no appointments allowed. This County action was prompted by an enforcement effort from the Maryland State Police. According to the MSP, multi-family housing was not covered under the Governor’s Executive Order or the Critical Infrastructure Sectors.
MMHA worked closely with the County’s Inspection Director and County Attorney’s Office by outlining the law, the role of leasing agents and maintenance technicians and their role in working with residents during this crisis.
Armed with this information, the County demonstrated the importance of multi-family properties and on Friday afternoon, the MSP relented, now acknowledging and confirming the “essential” nature of the industry especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.