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super priority condo lien

Condo super priority lien decision obliterates mortgages

A week ago the D.C. Court of Appeals handed down a decision that answered lingering questions about condo super priority lien foreclosures. It is a potentially a huge blow to mortgage lenders and a windfall to the investors who bought up these foreclosures by the dozen. Chase Plaza in 2014 was a breakthrough for condos and Read more about Condo super priority lien decision obliterates mortgages[…]

Kavanaugh confirmation hearing

Perspective on the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing

The Kavanaugh hearing is over. What now? By Ritika Malkani On September 27, 2018 the Senante Judiciary Committee, without a meaningful background fact investigation, conducted an eight (8) hour inquiry into sexual assault allegations brought by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The Committe did not entertain any testimony from witnesses other than Read more about Perspective on the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing[…]

ABC fact finding hearing

“The ABC Board has scheduled a fact finding,” translation: Shut-up, stupid

A fact finding hearing is usually much worse than it sounds The ABC Board is authorized to hold several different types of hearings. Among them, is a fact finding. In a fact finding, you haven’t been formally accused of anything…yet. The Board just has some questions that they want to ask you. If that sounds Read more about “The ABC Board has scheduled a fact finding,” translation: Shut-up, stupid[…]

Credit Discrimination: Cashless restaurants could be outlawed to protect the “unbanked”

The growing cashless trend in dining might be halted by the Council to protect the rights of the non-credit-worthy Restaurants in D.C. are not allowed to discriminate. That is a good thing. Usually.  For the better part of 60 years, Federal Law has prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion in places Read more about Credit Discrimination: Cashless restaurants could be outlawed to protect the “unbanked”[…]

Section 8 rental rules

Sh*t DC Landlords can’t do: Decline to participate in Section 8

In this installment of Sh*it DC landlords can’t do, we answer the question of whether D.C. landlords can refuse to accept Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8)? Hint: you fu*kin can’t. In D.C., as is the case in about 40 other jurisdictions (including states, counties and cities) there is a law prohibiting “source of income” discrimination in Read more about Sh*t DC Landlords can’t do: Decline to participate in Section 8[…]

water damage cases can be tricky

Water damage from your neighbor’s property: Who is responsible?

WATER DAMAGE FROM ADJACENT PROPERTIES IS A TRICKY ISSUE I get a lot of phone calls every week about nuisance neighbors. I hear from people whose fence got obliterated by a falling tree, whose upstairs neighbor’s kid is doing gymnastics at 5:00 AM, or whose neighbor’s dog poops all over the shared balcony. Answers:  a.) Read more about Water damage from your neighbor’s property: Who is responsible?[…]

D.C. liquor license news

D.C. Liquor License News

HERE IS WHAT OWNERS OF BARS, RESTAURANTS, AND  NIGHTCLUBS NEED TO KNOW   The Board has been chugging along in the summer months, giving out licenses, approving agreements, punishing the wicked, business as usual.  Some high profile establishments have closed or are closing because they simply couldn’t stand the regulatory heat. More than any time Read more about D.C. Liquor License News[…]

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?[…]