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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[…]

Security subsidy for bars and restaurants

The District will give you money to lay off some security cost

DC Bars, Lounges and Nightclubs, concerned about cost effective security, need to get informed about two (2) government programs that can ease the burden on your budget. The MPD Reimbursable Detail Subsidy Program and the Private Security Camera Rebate Program. For participants in the Reimbursable Detail Subsidy Program, ABRA will absorb a sizable chunk of Read more about The District will give you money to lay off some security cost[…]

ABC License Safekeeping

ABC License Safekeeping is not so safe

If you have a liquor license in DC, and for whatever reason you are not operating, the law requires that you temporarily turn your license in. This process, known as Safekeeping, is most common in cases of repair/renovation, moving to a new location, expired leases, or a sale of the license after an establishment has Read more about ABC License Safekeeping is not so safe[…]

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”[…]

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?[…]