Montgomery County Rental Explorer 

Overview of the 2016 DHCA Rental Survey


Annually, the Department of Housing and Community Affairs,through its Licensing and Registration unit surveys all Montgomery County multifamily rental facilities on tenant services, unit sizes, rent levels, occupancy and characteristics about structure types including age. This report is based on information from that survey as of April 1, 2016 as reported by 830 multifamily facilities containing a total of 83,829 rental units. Included facilities are located within Montgomery County’s unincorporated areas as well as the municipalities of Gaithersburg, Rockville and Takoma Park.
Most of Montgomery County’s rental facilities (626) are garden style structures with 1-4 stories. Midrise facilities have 5-8 stories and 65 are included in the survey. Another 84 facilities are high-rise with 9 stories or more and 24 are townhouses.
In 2016, the average monthly rent for an efficiency in Montgomery County was $1,258, for a one (1) bedroom was $1,443, for a two (2) bedroom was $1,657, for a three (3) bedroom was $1,928 and for a four (4) bedroom unit or more $1,866.
Two bedroom units make up 45.2% of the bedrooms available for rent in Montgomery County with 41.8% one bedroom units. The overall vacancy rate is 5.2%, an increase from 2.5% in 2015. Four bedroom units continue to have the highest vacancy rate at 12.3%. Vacancy rates of efficiency units, one, two and tree bedroom units ranged from 4.8 – 5.6% in 2016. 28,268 rental units changed tenancy since last year resulting in a 35.2% turnover rate. The countywide average turnover rent is for two bedroom units is $1,706 in 2016 while the holdover rent is $1,600 for two bedroom units.
In 2016, Montgomery County’s Rental Housing Survey data is as of April 1st; so comparative data is one full year from the 2015 Rental Facility Report as compared to 2015 data which was seven months from the September 1, 2014 Report.
Please contact the Licensing and Registration unit at 240-777-0311 if you have any questions concerning the Montgomery County Rental Housing Survey.
Thank you for your interest in this year’s rental housing survey.
Clarence J. Snuggs, Director
Department of Housing and Community Affairs

Methodology statement

The 2015 survey only excludes 3.6% where the 2016 survey results exclude 1.3% of the data with monthly rents above $9,000 or where rent equals to $0 and the unit is vacant. dataMontgomery is working on an open data set for the DHCA rental survey which will eventually be made public after successfully maintaining privacy and removing all identifiable information.


Note: For privacy purposes an objective exclusion of data has been omitted from the table below to conceal identifiable units.

2016 Department of Housing and Community Affairs Rental Survey Data

Note: For privacy purposes an objective exclusion of data has been omitted from the table below to conceal identifiable units.

Rental Housing Facility Breakdown

Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs conducts an annual survey of residential rental facilities located within the County (County Code 29-51).  The collected information is published online  in the Department of Housing and Community Affairs’ Annual Rental Facility Report. 
Note: For privacy purposes an objective exclusion of data has been omitted to conceal identifiable units. All data, including rent, turnover and bedroom size, are self-reported by facility staff as of April 1, 2016 and may not reflect the current property information.