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Can spouses serve on a condo board together in DC?

Can spouses serve on a condo board together in DC?

Real Estate
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, it is totally permissible.
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ABRA investigation interference: Is the cover-up worse than the crime?

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

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

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

Hospitality
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 has to prove is that a person under the age of 21 was served alcohol in your establishment. It doesn’t matter how or why. The fact that the service occurred is enough to result in a sale to minor violation.
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New TOPA Amendment exempts single family homes

New TOPA Amendment exempts single family homes

Legislation Real Estate
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.
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Development Opportunities for District’s Vacant Properties

Development Opportunities for District’s Vacant Properties

Other
The District, through it’s tax, vacant, distressed and blighted property laws, owns a number of properties around the city. Over the years, different administrations have handled, and mis-handled these city-owned assets in a variety of ways. There have been sporadic sales, in a number of different forms, supposedly to meet various policy goals.
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TOPA’s Red-Headed Stepchild

TOPA’s Red-Headed Stepchild

Legislation Real Estate
In 2008, the Council passed the District Opportunity to Purchase Act (DOPA). As the name suggests, DOPA gives the District the right to purchase residential buildings, in certain circumstances, where the owner seeks to sell to a third party. The 2008 Act left many open questions for the Agency to resolve by promulgating regulations. On December 22 2017, only nine (9) years later, DHCD has finally answered the bell, and published proposed regulations.
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Your Liquor License Is At Risk If Your Government Approvals Are Not Current

Your Liquor License Is At Risk If Your Government Approvals Are Not Current

Hospitality Legislation
To run a restaurant, bar or any other business in the District for that matter, you need the approval of several government agencies, not just the ABC Board. Of course, you know that.
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Are You Breaking The Law By Selling Cups?

Are You Breaking The Law By Selling Cups?

Cases Hospitality
Yes, cups, innocuous plastic, Styrofoam, paper cups. If you are licensed to sell or serve alcohol, it is illegal for you to sell for a nominal charge or give away cups to your customers to consume alcohol off premises. To use the statutory language, it is a violation for an establishment to provide a customer “go-cups” which D.C. Code §25-101 defines as a “drinking utensil” at “no charge or a nominal charge” for the purpose of “consuming an alcoholic beverage off the premises.”
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No Building Permits for “Slumlords”

No Building Permits for “Slumlords”

Legislation Real Estate
The local media, government officials (usually when seeking re-election), housing advocates and the legal services community throw around the amorphous term “slumlord” to describe a landlord that treats tenants badly by failing or refusing to make needed repairs to a rental unit. The point at which a landlord crosses over into ‘slumlord’ territory was anybody’s guess, until now. On November 7 the D.C. Council has proposed an official definition of “slumlord.” (in a sense). The “Slumlord Deterrence Amendment Act of 2017” imposes harsh sanctions on people that own an interest in a rental property which amasses more than five (5)...
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