Real Estate

The Office of Real Estate works in conjunction with other DGS master planning components to maximize the effective use of assets owned and leased by the state.

Land Acquisition and Disposal

The Department of General Services acquires and disposes of all types of property to fulfill the various programmatic needs of state agencies. Acquisitions may include vacant land, commercial buildings, and easements when required.  Most acquisitions require two appraisals of the property to establish its fair market value for negotiating purposes. If the seller of the property and DGS cannot agree on the terms of sale, the state may acquire the property by exercising its power of eminent domain or condemnation (the purchase of land for public use). Disposals may include surplus state property as well as land required for roads, utility lines, buffer areas, or other uses to assist local governments and others with development projects.

Lease Management and Procurement

DGS oversees the state's leasing activities between state agencies and commercial and government landlords. Leasehold agreements are in place for offices, warehouse space, boat slips, storage areas, parking and other rental needs. Leases are procured in accordance with the State Finance and Procurement Law and COMAR. For new lease space requirements, DGS issues a Request for Proposal (RFP), which describes the desired space, including size, purpose and general location. RFPs are advertised on the eMMa web-site and in local newspapers. RFP responses are scored as Competitive Sealed Proposals, a procurement method that combines price and technical evaluation to insure the best possible dollar value. After the initial evaluation, landlords may be asked to clarify their proposal and submit a "Best and Final Offer." To insure fairness, proposals are kept strictly confidential during the evaluation process. All leases must receive final approval from the Board of Public Works before they can be executed.​

Lease Construction & Compliance

The Lease Construction & Compliance Unit within the Office of Real Estate oversees lease construction and compliance for all executive branch agencies, the District Court, the Comptroller's Office, the Motor Vehicle Administration, and the Maryland Transit Administration. This includes the construction of lease improvements in new and existing facilities with budgets up to $100 million and lease compliance responsibility for approximately 300 leases comprised of 6 million squre feet of office space. The Lease Construction & Compliance unit plans, directs, and administers all aspects of the Office of Real Estate's Lease Construction & Compliance programs. This includes developing and regularly updating (1) the General Performance Standards and Specifications that govern build-out requirements for leased office space, requirements for leased facility maintenance, and remedies when facility maintenance does not occure; (2) the office space standards that control new office space procurements, the renovation of existing office space, and the construction of state owned office space; and (3) the construction and compliance portions of the DGS Space Management Manual. The unit also establishes and enforces overall policies and procedures for the construction and delivery of tenant improvements in leased facilities; oversees the architectural design process and final construction plan development for office space required for state agency missions; oversees the implementation of construction improvements by landlords and their contractors in accordance with approved construction plans; and evaluates the effectiveness of preliminary space plan designs and approves all space plans and construction drawings that become final exhibits to lease documents. The Lease Compliance unit sets standards for inspections and reviews of existing leased facilities including the determination of whether inspections are required annually or more frequently. The unit also provides architectural analysis and recommendations to agencies regarding space plan proposals, modifications to redue space needs, and efforts to more effectively utilize existing and future proposed leased and state-owned office space. 

Valuation and Appraisal

Responsible for providing recommendations of (fair) market value of real property to be acquired by the State. Appraisals are typically completed by independent fee appraisers selected through a bidding process from a pre-approved list of qualified appraisers. The appraisals are reviewed by in-house staff appraisers for form, fact and reasonable conclusions with a recommendation of value provided to the Director of the Office of Real Estate based on one (1) or more of the procured fee appraisals.  Responsible for providing recommendations of market value of real property for disposals by the State. Appraisals supporting the recommendation of value may be procured from the private sector or prepared by in-house staff appraisers.​

Portfolio Management

Portfolio Management tracks and matches vacant space in State-owned and capital lease properties with State agency requirements. The staff reviews the rent components paid to the leaseholders on capital leases, debt service, and operating costs. The unit identifies rent paid to DGS by agencies and determines if all federally and specially funded programs are properly assessed.​

Lease Management Info.

Important Notice to Maryland Landlords​

Lease Compliance & Enforcement Guidelines

Emergency Release

Procedures for Transferring Utilities

General Performance Standards and Specifications

Standard State Lease​

Standard State Lease General Conditions

DGS Space Standards

Standard State of Maryland Parking Lease General Terms and Conditions

Portfolio Management

Blank Standard MOU​

Request for Proposals

Valuation and Appraisal

Real Estate for Sale

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