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Newest Coronavirus Law Clarifies Landlord Obligations

Newest Coronavirus Law Clarifies Landlord Obligations

Legislation Real Estate
On May 19, 2020, the DC Council further specified landlords’ obligations to offer payment plans under the Coronavirus Support Emergency Act. Two weeks ago the Council approved a law requiring, among other things, that certain landlords enter into payment plans with tenants’ whose ability to pay rent has been impacted by the public health emergency. However, the original law was vague as to specific rights and obligations. This week the Council approved new legislation to clarify several aspects of the law.
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DC’s New Coronavirus Law Requires Rent Payment Plans

DC’s New Coronavirus Law Requires Rent Payment Plans

Legislation Real Estate
The DC Council’s third emergency Coronavirus law requires landlords to give payment plans for missed rent payments during the public health emergency and for a year thereafter. While the law is fairly clear about who it applies to it contains few details about the required contents of a payment plan. Notwithstanding the gaping holes in this legislation, here are the details that we have now.
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Breaking The Lease: Tenant Move-Out Before Lease End

Breaking The Lease: Tenant Move-Out Before Lease End

Real Estate
Over the last month, an increasing number of tenants have been moving-out of their apartments early to live with family for the duration of the global health crisis. When this happens, landlords often do not know what to do. Below is a brief outline of the steps to take when a tenant abandons a rental unit.
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New COVID-19 Law for DC Landlords

New COVID-19 Law for DC Landlords

Real Estate
The COVID-19 Response Supplemental Emergency law. provides mortgage deferment, rent freezes, stops notices to vacate and protects consumers from certain debt collection activities. Obviously, the law was hastily drafted and it is not completely clear how it will be applied. This post will be updated as additional information becomes available.
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Breaking The Lease: Tenant Move-Out Before Lease End

Breaking The Lease: Tenant Move-Out Before Lease End

Real Estate
Over the last month, an increasing number of tenants have been moving-out of their apartments early to live with family for the duration of the global health crisis. When this happens, landlords often do not know what to do. Below is a brief outline of the steps to take when a tenant abandons a rental unit.
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New COVID-19 Law for DC Landlords

New COVID-19 Law for DC Landlords

Real Estate
The COVID-19 Response Supplemental Emergency law. provides mortgage deferment, rent freezes, stops notices to vacate and protects consumers from certain debt collection activities. Obviously, the law was hastily drafted and it is not completely clear how it will be applied. This post will be updated as additional information becomes available.
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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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