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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”[…]

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[…]