Security camera law for bars, lounges and nightclubs in DC

Is your establishment breaking the security camera law?

Most D.C. bars, lounges, and clubs are probably breaking this security camera law and they don’t even know it Security camera systems break down, they need to be maintained, upgraded, and eventually replaced. It’s an inevitability. But, did you know, that if your cameras are not working, you are required to inform the ABC Board? Read more about Is your establishment breaking the security camera law?[…]

Emergency law on eviction procedures

Emergency law to implement changes to DC eviction procedures

A couple of months ago, I posted that the U.S. Marshals Service announced changes to DC eviction procedures.[here] Broadly speaking the Marshals decided that they would no longer supervise the removal of tenant belongings from a unit, but merely allow the landlord to execute a lock change at eviction. Oddly, until now, there have been Read more about Emergency law to implement changes to DC eviction procedures[…]

New TOPA Amendment exempts single family homes

DC Council amends TOPA In the midst of the oversight season, the Council pressed forward with its legislative agenda. On March 6, 2018, they passed a somewhat controversial TOPA Amendment, exempting owner-occupied single family homes. TOPA applies to the owners of rental housing accommodations regardless of the number units. Where an owner wants to sell Read more about New TOPA Amendment exempts single family homes[…]

Don’t refuse to rent based on criminal record until your read this

The DC Human Rights Act includes protections for an applicant’s criminal record. One of the things the District has gotten right is establishing, maintaining and expanding one of the most protective Human Rights laws in the nation. I am very proud to live in a place where wrongful discrimination, of any kind, is simply not Read more about Don’t refuse to rent based on criminal record until your read this[…]

TOPA’s Red-Headed Stepchild

In 2008, the Council passed the District Opportunity to Purchase Act (DOPA). As the name suggests, DOPA gives the District the right to purchase residential buildings, in certain circumstances, where the owner seeks to sell to a third party. The 2008 Act left many open questions for the Agency to resolve by promulgating regulations. On Read more about TOPA’s Red-Headed Stepchild[…]

Your Liquor License Is At Risk If Your Government Approvals Are Not Current

To run a restaurant, bar or any other business in the District for that matter, you need the approval of several government agencies, not just the ABC Board.  Of course, you know that.  You probably remember when you first got your license, you had to show the licensing staff at ABRA that your company is Read more about Your Liquor License Is At Risk If Your Government Approvals Are Not Current[…]

No Building Permits for “Slumlords”

The local media, government officials (usually when seeking re-election), housing advocates and the legal services community throw around the amorphous term “slumlord” to describe a landlord that treats tenants badly by failing or refusing to make needed repairs to a rental unit.  The point at which a landlord crosses over into ‘slumlord’ territory was anybody’s Read more about No Building Permits for “Slumlords”[…]

What Happens When Your “Section 8” Tenant Moves Out

On November 7, 2017, Council members Bonds and Nadeau introduced legislation to limit the rent that a landlord may charge for a unit after termination of a Federal or District subsidy. The Rental Housing Affordability Re-establishment Act of 2017 essentially provides, that upon termination of a tenant subsidy, a landlord may only charge a tenant the Read more about What Happens When Your “Section 8” Tenant Moves Out[…]

Dining with Dogs

It is now legal for restaurant owners to allow patrons to bring pets into the outdoor seating areas provided certain conditions are met. Personally, I had no idea that allowing dogs in outdoor seating areas of restaurants was illegal. I have seen this, for years, all over the city, and frankly, thought nothing of it. Read more about Dining with Dogs[…]