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[…]

real estate sale commission problem

D.C. property managers can NOT be paid a sales commission

Is the real estate sales commission provision in your standard property management contract illegal? D.C. property managers cannot charge a real estate sales commission. Here is a scenario I’ve seen a half-dozen or so times. A homeowner hires a professional property manager to rent out the owner’s house after a move out-of-state. The management contract Read more about D.C. property managers can NOT be paid a sales commission[…]

DC eviction procedure changes by US Marshals

New DC eviction procedures starting this summer

The U.S. Marshals Service recently unveiled a new DC eviction procedure which will take effect his summer. For years landlords and tenants alike have complained that the DC eviction procedures are unfair.  Landlords complain that the process is inefficient and slow, as a result, it takes too long to regain possession of the rental unit after an Read more about New DC eviction procedures starting this summer[…]

DC Rent Control exemption

“Takin’ it up the tailpipe:” A DC Rent Control exemption cautionary tail

A painful experience of a botched DC Rent Control exemption is an important lesson for property owners “So I’m fucked?” “yes.” “So I’m fucked.” “Uh-huh.” “So I’m FUCKED!” “In so many words, yes, you’re fucked” “I’m FUCKED, I’M FUCKED, IM FUCKIN’ FUCKED. WHATTHEFUCKMOTHERFUCKING FUCKING FUCK? What the fuck do I do now?” “You pay the Read more about “Takin’ it up the tailpipe:” A DC Rent Control exemption cautionary tail[…]

DC Real Estate Law Update

DC Real Estate Law Update – March 2018

The DC Real Estate Law Update for Developers, Landlords, and Owners There were several significant happenings this month in the world of D.C. Real Estate.  Right off the bat on March 1, the Court of Appeals came down with a ruling that impacts the priority of condominium liens. (details below)  Not to be outdone by Read more about DC Real Estate Law Update – March 2018[…]

condo board service by spouses

Can spouses serve on a condo board together in DC?

Recently one of my clients asked if co-owners can simultaneously serve on a condo board in DC? My first thought was, “of course they can’t, that’s ridiculous.” As it turns out, there is no DC law, or case, prohibiting condo board service by co-owners of the same unit. So unless the Bylaws address the situation, Read more about Can spouses serve on a condo board together in DC?[…]

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[…]

Kool-Aid guy neighbor construction

Neighbor construction projects in DC

Neighbor construction can be inconvenient and contentious.  Whether you are the builder or the homeowner you need to know your rights. If you have ever lived through a home improvement project you know it is a flat out, unmitigated pain-in-the-ass.  There is constant dust, noise, and vibration. Not to mention strangers invading your property, and Read more about Neighbor construction projects in DC[…]

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[…]