Dear PoPville – Trouble at 2100 Vermont Ave NW

Dear PoPville,

Have you heard anything about the tragedy that is 2100 Vermont Ave NW. The attached letter is on the front door as of yesterday so it seems like the blight is not going anywhere for at least 5 months. But what is weird is that they have started some external painting recently. What is the deal? Do you have any insight to this?

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  • What was the complaint that was filed? It is hard to read, but it seems this is just an order informing them they must respond to a complaint, but the substance of the complaint isn’t listed.

  • Didn’t there used to be some kind of after-hours club at this location?

  • Isn’t this the building that’s been nominated (multiple times?) for a Horse’s Ass Award, and where the building owners manage to avoid the place being officially designated as “blighted” by periodically doing a little work on the outside?

  • Can’t say for sure but it looks like they’re citing DC Code Provision 47-1307 which reads as follows:
    § 47-1307. Real property tax assignment; sale and transfers–Report to be filed with Recorder of Deeds; disposition of surplus; redemption.Currentness(a) The Collector of Taxes shall, within 20 days, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays, after the last day of the sale hereinbefore provided for as aforesaid, file with the Recorder of Deeds a written report, in which he shall give a statement of the property sold, other than that sold to the District of Columbia, to whom it was assessed, the taxes due, to whom sold, the amount paid, the date of sale, the cost thereof, and the surplus, if any. Any surplus remaining after the collection of taxes, penalties, and costs on any real estate shall be collected as hereinbefore provided for, and shall be deposited by the Collector of Taxes to the credit of the Surplus Fund, to be paid to the owner or owners, or their legal representatives, in the same manner as other payments made by the District; provided, that if any property sold for taxes, as herein provided, is redeemed from such sale within 6 months from last day of sale, any surplus paid at time of sale shall be paid by the District of Columbia to the legal holder of certificate of sale.(b) The time period for redemption of properties brought to tax sale under § 47-1205(b), shall be 6 months.(c) The time period for redemption of properties brought to tax sale under § 8-807(f), shall be 6 months.(d) The time period for redemption of property brought to tax sale under § 34-2109, § 34-2110, or § 34-2407.02, shall be 180 days.

    D.C. Code § 47-1307

  • I don’t get it also. Can PoP or OP please explain what this too small picture says and what the issue/problem is?

  • The group wcp dc23 buys tax lien certificates and collects on them. this is one of their actions but they do a lot in dc.

  • lets you look up cases by number–this one says a complaint for tax lien was filed. I wonder if the plaintiff here bought the property at tax auction. If that’s the case, I believe the former owner has time to pay the new owner back with interest, and if not, the new owner has to sue to essentially foreclose on the old owner.

  • Its a tax lien case. Someone is just attempting to pursue the action after buying the lien from DC Gov. Its standard posting (notice) of the suit in front of Magistrate Beshouri

  • Is “tragedy” really the right word to use here? I thought the letter was going to describe a homicide or something.

    • hahahah so did I! I was scared the notice was going to say something about it being a murder crime scene!

  • They didn’t pay their real property taxes so a lien against the property was auctioned by. They have the right to redeem the property by paying all back taxes, plus the plaintiff’s legal fees. If they don’t pay up, the Plaintiff can eventually get a judgment and then a deed from the Mayor by paying the back taxes themselves.

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