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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?[…]

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[…]

ABC Board hearing 'no show'

Dude, you have to show up for your ABC Board Hearing

Failing to appear for your ABC Board hearing has consequences Yesterday I was thinking about this bar owner client that I had a decade ago. Both the owner and the bar, were my favorite, ever. One of the owner’s many attributes is that he would show up at every ABC Board hearing that was vaguely Read more about Dude, you have to show up for your ABC Board Hearing[…]

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[…]

ABC Settlement Agreement

Is your ABC Settlement Agreement putting your bar in double jeopardy?

 An ABC Settlement Agreement can be more than just a ‘pain-in-the-ass’ for owners. In a regulatory environment perfect for owners, there would be no such thing as an ABC Settlement Agreement.  But, the regulatory environment isn’t perfect. The government has always allowed the public to ‘weigh-in’ on how a new liquor license or change to an existing Read more about Is your ABC Settlement Agreement putting your bar in double jeopardy?[…]