More landlords in Baltimore County will have to obtain licenses for their rental properties under legislation approved Monday by the County Council.

The measure could add thousands of properties to the county’s rental registration program, which started more than a decade ago and now includes more than 23,500 properties. The program currently requires registration of rental properties that have up to six units, with some exceptions.

The latest legislation, approved unanimously by the seven-member council, eliminates or narrows some of those exemptions to the program. It was sponsored by Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, a Middle River Democrat.

Mike Mohler, who administers the registration program, said the changes could add more than 2,500 properties to it.

Bevins said the bill is aimed at ensuring the safety of more rental homes and helping identify problem landlords.

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