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DC Landlords MUST Have a Business License to File for Eviction

DC Landlords MUST Have a Business License to File for Eviction

Legislation Real Estate
A new law making it tougher for landlords to evict tenants took effect on November 9, 2020. Among the tenant protections in the Fairness in Renting Emergency Amendment Act, is a requirement that landlords have a current housing basic business license in order to access the courts and file an eviction case. This is a change from the Superior Court’s existing precedent, which allowed even unlicensed owners to pursue eviction.
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DC’s New Law Further Prevents Landlords from Protecting Life, Safety, and Property

DC’s New Law Further Prevents Landlords from Protecting Life, Safety, and Property

Legislation Real Estate
On October 14, 2020 a new law is set to go into effect further restricting landlords’ from preventing harm to tenants and buildings. The law does two things: prohibits a housing provider from issuing a notice to vacate to a tenant; and use any alternative means, such as decreasing services, to constructively evict a tenant. Notably, the second piece is redundant, as constructive eviction has been illegal for decades.
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D.C.’s Restriction on Hookah Bars in Phase II Reopening

D.C.’s Restriction on Hookah Bars in Phase II Reopening

Hospitality Legislation
The Department of Health recently closed a Georgetown hookah bar, which has sparked questions from restaurant owners if offering hookah during Phase II reopening is legal? Clearly, DOH takes the position that it is not.
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DC Clarifies Landlords’ Cleaning Obligation Under Coronavirus Law

DC Clarifies Landlords’ Cleaning Obligation Under Coronavirus Law

Legislation Real Estate
While the eviction moratorium and rent freeze get all of the attention, housing providers have additional obligations under the Coronavirus laws. Recently, DCRA published an emergency rulemaking which sets out in detail certain cleaning requirements for landlords.
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DC Landlords MUST Have a Business License to File for Eviction

DC Landlords MUST Have a Business License to File for Eviction

Legislation Real Estate
A new law making it tougher for landlords to evict tenants took effect on November 9, 2020. Among the tenant protections in the Fairness in Renting Emergency Amendment Act, is a requirement that landlords have a current housing basic business license in order to access the courts and file an eviction case. This is a change from the Superior Court’s existing precedent, which allowed even unlicensed owners to pursue eviction.
Read More
DC’s New Law Further Prevents Landlords from Protecting Life, Safety, and Property

DC’s New Law Further Prevents Landlords from Protecting Life, Safety, and Property

Legislation Real Estate
On October 14, 2020 a new law is set to go into effect further restricting landlords’ from preventing harm to tenants and buildings. The law does two things: prohibits a housing provider from issuing a notice to vacate to a tenant; and use any alternative means, such as decreasing services, to constructively evict a tenant. Notably, the second piece is redundant, as constructive eviction has been illegal for decades.
Read More
D.C.’s Restriction on Hookah Bars in Phase II Reopening

D.C.’s Restriction on Hookah Bars in Phase II Reopening

Hospitality Legislation
The Department of Health recently closed a Georgetown hookah bar, which has sparked questions from restaurant owners if offering hookah during Phase II reopening is legal? Clearly, DOH takes the position that it is not.
Read More
DC Clarifies Landlords’ Cleaning Obligation Under Coronavirus Law

DC Clarifies Landlords’ Cleaning Obligation Under Coronavirus Law

Legislation Real Estate
While the eviction moratorium and rent freeze get all of the attention, housing providers have additional obligations under the Coronavirus laws. Recently, DCRA published an emergency rulemaking which sets out in detail certain cleaning requirements for landlords.
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Source Of Income Discrimination In DC

Source Of Income Discrimination In DC

Audio Clips Real Estate
On July 23, 2020, D.C. filed 8 Source Of Income Discrimination cases against landlords. A growing number of jurisdictions have Source Of Income Discrimination Laws.
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