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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?[…]

Sale to minor violations have serious consequences

Alcohol sale to minor violations: “Fu*k you, pay me.”

If your establishment serves someone under 21 it is a violation, regardless of what you did to prevent it. It simply does not matter how proactive you have been in your liquor store or bar.  If a minor is served, you are liable. It is what lawyers call “strict liability.” That means, all the Government Read more about Alcohol sale to minor violations: “Fu*k you, pay me.”[…]

New TOPA Amendment exempts single family homes

DC Council amends TOPA In the midst of the oversight season, the Council pressed forward with its legislative agenda. On March 6, 2018, they passed a somewhat controversial TOPA Amendment, exempting owner-occupied single family homes. TOPA applies to the owners of rental housing accommodations regardless of the number units. Where an owner wants to sell Read more about New TOPA Amendment exempts single family homes[…]

Abutting Owner Liquor License Protest

Liquor License Protest Process in DC

How neighboring property owners can ‘abut’ in If you are applying for, renewing, or changing a liquor license, the public gets a say. Even if you have never been through the liquor license protest process before, you have no doubt noticed those obtrusive red or green placards hung in the window, announcing the application. In Read more about Liquor License Protest Process in DC[…]

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Neighbor construction projects in DC

Neighbor construction can be inconvenient and contentious.  Whether you are the builder or the homeowner you need to know your rights. If you have ever lived through a home improvement project you know it is a flat out, unmitigated pain-in-the-ass.  There is constant dust, noise, and vibration. Not to mention strangers invading your property, and Read more about Neighbor construction projects in DC[…]

Don’t refuse to rent based on criminal record until your read this

The DC Human Rights Act includes protections for an applicant’s criminal record. One of the things the District has gotten right is establishing, maintaining and expanding one of the most protective Human Rights laws in the nation. I am very proud to live in a place where wrongful discrimination, of any kind, is simply not Read more about Don’t refuse to rent based on criminal record until your read this[…]

Do you need to get your condo units to market faster?

I’ve handled dozens of condominium and cooperative projects for owners and developers and by far the biggest complaint is the amount of time that the process takes from beginning to end.  As experienced DC real estate developers and agents can tell you, timing is extremely important to the success of any sales project. From my Read more about Do you need to get your condo units to market faster?[…]