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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?[…]

DC Real Estate Law Update

DC Liquor License Update – March 2018

March Liquor License Update Here is what owners of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs need to know This month I wrote two posts about specific types of violations that cause DC Bar owners fits: sale to minors and investigation interference. Learn the anatomy of these issues, what you can do to avoid them, and how to Read more about DC Liquor License Update – March 2018[…]

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?[…]

ABRA investigation interference overwritten video of a bar fight

ABRA investigation interference: Is the cover-up worse than the crime?

Does the axiom hold true for ABC licensed establishments? The cover-up is always worse than the crime. Isn’t it? You always hear that, but is it accurate in D.C. liquor license matters? The limited number of cases that address investigation interference suggest that it isn’t. For example, in a recent case, XO Lounge was found Read more about ABRA investigation interference: Is the cover-up worse than the crime?[…]