business license

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I am just getting started in flipping houses and want to know; do you need a business license to flip houses in Maryland. Can I get started with out one or should I get a license before I start. I plan on doing most of the work my self, and with that do I need to pull permits to do the work. Thanks in advance for your patience and help.

I did rehab work for a flipper in Baltimore County, he didn't have a business license.  If you're doing substantial gut and rehab repairs you might want to consider getting a GC license for Maryland to help you get permits.  I believe in MD you need to show around 2 years experience in the trades and have 10K in the bank, as well as liability insurance.  Ive installed low voltage electrical in a couple of houses in Westminster and they were all being rehabbed fast and loose....cardboard on the windows and no permits.

I would never recommend doing anything illegal but if you purchase a 3/1 house and when you rehab it it's still a 3/1 house, it's on the inspector or whoever else to prove that work was done without permits, not you.  I'm not telling you to build a new deck and sand off the manufacturer dates on the lumber......

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