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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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