Wed. Afternoon Rental Option – Park View/Petworth

This rental is located at 762 Rock Creek Church Rd, NW:

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The listing says:


This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $1,800.

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  • the listing says ‘columbia heights’ and yet the place is literally at the petworth metro… dream on 😉

    • Actually, I live very close to this place and I always thought I lived in Petworth until I was recently looking at its value and the records say Columbia Heights.

      • The south side of this block of Rock Creek Church Road NW is technically the northern tippy-top of the Park View neighborhood. The other side (the north side) of Rock Creek Church Road NW is the southern end of Petworth.

        The D.C. government (on tax assessments, etc.) considers all of Park View to fall within Columbia Heights.

        • I probably shouldn’t have said “technically” above; Rock Creek Church Road NW _is_ the dividing line between Petworth and Park View.

          As far as the D.C. tax records, etc. are concerned, Park View is part of Columbia Heights.

          It’s a pity that the Metro station isn’t named Petworth-Park View. I’d never heard of Petworth until it was appended to the Metro station name; Park View would have much better name recognition if it too were part of the station name.

  • What are vouchers…?

  • Yeah, but this close to the metro at $900/person is dirt cheap. I’m guessing this place has other problems?

  • Umm, that hall carpet looks nasty. Not sure if it’s dirty or faded or what, but eww.

  • Also note the open door that beckons you to dare tread on that strangely two-toned carpet – it’s the cheapest thin closet-type door with a bad varnish job, indicating there was no door recently. The fire extinguisher located conveniently on the floor must have a story behind itl. Looks like Grandma’s drug-using relatives lived here for awhile.

  • Surprised they take vouchers. The rental market is so tight in DC and this location is excellent even if the inside isn’t all that. They could easily find some non-voucher market rate paying tenants.

    • HUD employee here. (Federal) Housing Choice Vouchers work like this: The tenant pays part of the rent — 30% of their adjusted monthly income. The local housing authority, which received funding from the government, pays the rest. The landlord makes the same amount on the place whether there’s a Section 8 voucher involved or not. If you don’t believe me, you can read more here:

    • Rebecca, if the landlord is solely concerned about $$, it doesn’t make any difference if the tenant is Section 8 or not.

      But I think the reason Anon was surprised is that if a landlord wants a tenant who seems reliable, won’t cause damage to the property, etc., etc., a non-Section 8 tenant might seem more likely to fit that description than a Section 8 one.

      • Also, if a section 8 tenant becomes ineligible for his/her voucher – for a variety of reasons – Government stops paying their share and gives absolutely no help in evicting the tenant, so you can be stuck with non-paying tenant for a year.

      • janie4

        Actually, whether or not the landlord can make more on a rental unit depends on the rent. HCVs are issued to tenants based on family size, which dictates the number of bedrooms a family is entitled to. Families are told that the housing authority authorizes a payment standard of $Y dollars a month for a X bedroom unit. That means that the maximum the housing authority will pay is that $Y, assuming a family has no income. If the unit costs more, and the housing authority agrees that the family can rent the unit, the housing authority pays $Y minus 30% of the family’s income, and the family is required to make up the difference. So a landlord who has rents well above that payment standard, are unlikely to rent to voucher holders. It’s only if their rents fall within the payment standard for their region that they won’t see a difference in rent based on whether the tenant is a voucher holder or not.

        As for the discrimination aspect, rental landlords are not supposed to be able to discriminate against HCV tenants, if the unit meets the housing authority’s guidelines. It can be a fair housing violation (depending on local fair housing laws). However, if you rent to a HCV holder, the unit gets inspected at least once a year, and there can be hassles involved with having a contract with a government agency and a tenant, including what you’re entitled to do if the voucher holder dies. Some landlords get around not wanting Section 8 families, either because of perceived tenant behavior, or not wanting to deal with the government, by setting the rents high in the ads, more typical of people renting one unit out in their basement, as opposed to a larger scale multi-unit building. Easier to get caught if you’re a larger scale landlord. One unit, you’ve just got an unrealistic view of what your apartment is worth.

    • you have to take section 8 vouchers in DC. it’s illegal to discriminate based on source of income. of course, some places are too expensive–the govt pays the difference between 30% of the household income and the rent, but has a ceiling of how much the rent can be.

  • no idea about the price, but besides the carpet it looks pretty nice to me — lots of charm and character. If you are ok without brand new everything and the space is as clean in person as it looks here, I think it looks pretty good. Of course older stuff means potential problems…but so does new & cheap

  • On the plus side it has a dentist’s office in the basement so if you ever have teeth problems you can just go downstairs

  • It is a great price for that location, but not for the unit… grimy looking. If you tore out the carpet and could paint I’d consider…

  • $900 each for a 2 bed 2 bath right at the metro….Good deal! Even with older furnishings and appliances (as long as they are clean and functioning). Not everyone needs SS appliances.

  • It’s kind of confounding that the owner of this building wouldn’t put in a minimal amount of money to do some minor fixups. Some new carpet, paint and appliances could do wonders to the unit and the rental price. It seems like a poor financial decision to me!

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