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Guide to COVID-19 Assistance for Hospitality Businesses

Guide to COVID-19 Assistance for Hospitality Businesses

Hospitality Legislation
Recently, the government has made COVID-19 assistance for hospitality businesses a priority. We have updated our earlier guide with the most recent legal information available. If you own a bar or restaurant and have any questions, I will be glad to consult with you free of charge.
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Emergency Coronavirus Law For DC Restaurants and Bars

Emergency Coronavirus Law For DC Restaurants and Bars

Hospitality Legislation
The COVID-19 emergency has decimated the hospitality industry and the legal situation is fluid. We have put together this legal guide to assist you in identifying appropriate resources. If you own a nightlife establishment, I will be glad to consult with you free of charge.
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Commercial Lease Agreements in DC: ‘Must Haves’ for Landlords

Commercial Lease Agreements in DC: ‘Must Haves’ for Landlords

Real Estate
When the courts interpret a commercial lease, they assume that both landlord and tenant are sophisticated businesspeople with equal negotiating leverage. Unlike residential tenancies, there are no legal presumptions to favor tenants in eviction cases. That makes the specific language of a commercial lease extremely important. Below, I list, and explain, what I see as the most important commercial lease provisions for landlords.
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DC Rent Control Exemptions

DC Rent Control Exemptions

Real Estate
I ask most new clients if they are registered for rent control or if they have “perfected an exemption.” Often, the response is, ‘I’m exempt, I only have 1 unit.” If you read carefully, you’ll realize that is not the question that I asked. “Have you PERFECTED an exemption from rent control?” In DC you may be eligible for an exemption from rent control if you ( not your corporation) own less than four (4) rental units. The so-called “small landlord” rent control exemption is very common, but there are other reasons that a housing provider might be eligible for...
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Emergency Coronavirus Law For DC Restaurants and Bars

Emergency Coronavirus Law For DC Restaurants and Bars

Hospitality Legislation
The COVID-19 emergency has decimated the hospitality industry and the legal situation is fluid. We have put together this legal guide to assist you in identifying appropriate resources. If you own a nightlife establishment, I will be glad to consult with you free of charge.
Read More
Commercial Lease Agreements in DC: ‘Must Haves’ for Landlords

Commercial Lease Agreements in DC: ‘Must Haves’ for Landlords

Real Estate
When the courts interpret a commercial lease, they assume that both landlord and tenant are sophisticated businesspeople with equal negotiating leverage. Unlike residential tenancies, there are no legal presumptions to favor tenants in eviction cases. That makes the specific language of a commercial lease extremely important. Below, I list, and explain, what I see as the most important commercial lease provisions for landlords.
Read More
DC Rent Control Exemptions

DC Rent Control Exemptions

Real Estate
I ask most new clients if they are registered for rent control or if they have “perfected an exemption.” Often, the response is, ‘I’m exempt, I only have 1 unit.” If you read carefully, you’ll realize that is not the question that I asked. “Have you PERFECTED an exemption from rent control?” In DC you may be eligible for an exemption from rent control if you ( not your corporation) own less than four (4) rental units. The so-called “small landlord” rent control exemption is very common, but there are other reasons that a housing provider might be eligible for...
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Is your establishment breaking the security camera law?

Is your establishment breaking the security camera law?

Hospitality
Security camera systems break down, they need to be maintained, upgraded, and eventually replaced. It’s an inevitability. But, did you know, that if your cameras are not working, you are required to inform the ABC Board?
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DC Eviction Guide For Landlords

DC Eviction Guide For Landlords

Real Estate
Eviction of a tenant in DC is more difficult, time-consuming, and expensive than anywhere else in the country. The laws and regulations are heavily slanted against landlords and free lawyers are readily available to tenants. Presently, there are only ten (10) legal reasons that a landlord can evict a tenant, all of which are interpreted very strictly.
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