commercial lease provisions

Commercial Lease Agreements in DC: ‘Must Haves’ for Landlords

When the courts interpret a commercial lease, they assume that both landlord and tenant are sophisticated businesspeople with equal negotiating leverage. Unlike residential tenancies, there are no legal presumptions to favor tenants in eviction cases. That makes the specific language of a commercial lease extremely important. Below, I list, and explain, what I see as the Read more about Commercial Lease Agreements in DC: ‘Must Haves’ for Landlords[…]

DC Eviction Guide for Landlords

Eviction of a tenant in DC is more difficult, time-consuming, and expensive than anywhere else in the country. The laws and regulations are heavily slanted against landlords and free lawyers are readily available to tenants. Presently, there are only ten (10) legal reasons that a landlord can evict a tenant, all of which are interpreted very Read more about DC Eviction Guide for Landlords[…]

How is DC going to enforce its AirBnB law?

Recently, New York City’s tough AirBnB law was struck down by the Federal court. This is a major win for host listing services and may foreshadow things to come in D.C. When D.C. adopted one of the most stringent laws in the country to regulate transient, so-called ‘AirBnB’ rentals, the practical reality of actually implementing Read more about How is DC going to enforce its AirBnB law?[…]

Federal Worker Eviction

D.C. Council Stops Evictions for Federal Workers

Emergency Post-Shutdown Eviction Relief for Federal Workers On January 22, the D.C. Council passed emergency legislation to give formerly furloughed federal workers and contractors relief from eviction, late fees and foreclosure sales. The new law allows Judges to stay eviction and foreclosure proceedings against federal workers until thirty (30) days after the government reopens or Read more about D.C. Council Stops Evictions for Federal Workers[…]

AirBnB Law

DC Council approves final version of AirBnB Law

A unanimous Council vote finalizes restrictive short-term rental law In October the Council took a preliminary vote to adopt among the most restrictive short-term housing regulations (AirBnB Law) in the Country. This week the Council passed the final version of the law, with only small changes. The new law will be a potentially huge impediment Read more about DC Council approves final version of AirBnB Law[…]