I’m a corporate 9-5′er in sales suffering from a quarter-life crisis and hoping to take my career in a new direction. I hate my job and need to take a year to re-evaluate and figure out what my next steps are.
I’m looking to get a job as a server or bartender at a decent restaurant in DC to get off my butt and into a job where I’m on my feet and not twiddling my thumbs all day. I have about 3 years of experience working in hotels in college, but that’s about it. Do any readers know of any restaurants or bars that are looking to hire/train servers or bartenders without serving experience ASAP?”
I am currently living in an apartment managed by a slumlord in northwest DC. In less than a year I’ve experienced numerous housing code violations, multiple rodent infestations (including a raccoon), and a ceiling that caved in at one point. I’ve talked to neighbors who have the same landlord and they have had similar issues with their units.
I am worried about retaliation but want to stand up to the landlord. The landlord preys on people who don’t have the means, financial or time, to challenge him.
What steps have people taken against negligent landlords in DC? I’ve looked into DCRA housing inspections — what comes next? I know there are also tenant petitions and small claims court. I’d be interested to know what your readers have done to stand up for their legal rights as tenants and how they succeeded.”
A small mystery in the Petworth metro. In the tunnel under Georgia Ave that is part of the entrance to the Petworth Metro Station there is always water covering a large portion of the floor. At first, I thought its was due to people tracking in snow, but over time its become apparent that its some sort of perpetual leak. The floor tiles get pretty slick when wet. Any information on plans for repair?”
I work in Dupont Circle and my eyesight is about 20/150 (not legally blind, but not correctable beyond that), and live in Brookland. While attempting to flag a taxicab, I went to a taxi that had their light on, but although empty, the driver said he couldn’t take me to Brookland. A man on the sidewalk came up to me after to tell me that the taxi’s light said it was not available, and I shouldn’t approach such cabs. Is it true that taxis leave their light on, even though they are not available? If so, does it make sense that taxis would leave a bright light on, even though they cannot, or will not, pick up passengers, when it would be less confusing to just turn the light off? Was the man that came up to me misinformed, and if not, how is someone without great eyesight able to tell when a cab is actually available?”
Hopefully when all the cabs switch over to the new lights (as you illustrated in the photo above) when the light is lit it will mean the taxi will be for hire.
I live in the Chalfonte on Argonne place and around 4am [Saturday], there were police crawling all over the outside and inside of the building. Anyone hear anything about this? Kind of unnerving to have 2 cops posted on every floor of where I live!”
I’m wondering if you could do a GDoN for parking spaces. The last one you did seems to be back 4 years ago.
I’m particularly interested in the 14 and U st area, as things have changed since the last post. I’d be curious in hearing your, and others, opinions on how much someone should expect monthly lease/rents are for parking spots in various neighborhoods.”
My community shares a large fence with our immediate neighbor, a private school. Both parties use the fence in a manner that suits their purposes. Recently, a portion of the fence fell down and needs to be replaced. My community has taken the initiative to repair the fence and now seeks money from the school to put towards the project as the school will benefit equally in its repair. Does DC have any laws on the books regarding repairing a shared fence?”
About a year ago we bought a two-story rowhouse in a neighborhood close to downtown, and like many areas in DC, our street and the surrounding blocks are changing rapidly. Our home was renovated in the late 2000s, and at the time the house (and the end unit next to it) was completely gutted and bumped out in back to add a third bedroom and much larger kitchen. As a result, our house is much longer than the one next door on the other side, and we have a total of four windows (two upstairs, two downstairs) that look out of the side of the house onto their yard.
We recently learned that these neighbors, who have lived in their house for many decades, are being asked to move out so that the owner can sell the house. We have grown to love them and are sad to see them go. It sounds like they have heard, not surprisingly, that the house will be gutted and most likely also bumped out to a similar footprint to ours. My question is probably a naive one, but what does that mean for us? Given that the windows directly face the other property, I assume the new owner is well within their rights to build a similar extension that would completely shut in our side windows. Is that the case? And if so, do we just hire someone to re-drywall our own interior and chalk it up to four less windows in the house?”
My lease ends this year, and I want negotiate a lower rent. How do I go about doing that?
Background: I live in a large, older apartment building near the 14th St corridor. The building is ok: great staff and neighbors, but aging infrastructure (read: lots of intrusive utility repairs) and pretty much no amenities. Since the beginning of my lease, a half dozen new apartment and condo buildings have opened nearby, with several more on the way. There isn’t just more inventory available — all the new buildings are qualitatively better, and only slightly more expensive than what I’m paying now (let’s call it the $2000 – $2150 range). My lease ends this year, at which point I go month-to-month.
Data: I’ve noticed more empty units in my building lately. Some floorplans are renting for $100-$200 less than when I moved in. I am aware that the marginal costs are in their favor if they choose to balk (moving expenses dis-incentivize me, while someone else’s fresh move-in deposit would cover some of their lost monthly revenue), but the market will only trend down for them and they may want to lock into the highest revenue stream they can get right now. I’m pretty sure that I’m paying slightly more ($100-$150 more) for my unit than the building management is getting on the market right now, so I’d like to meet them in the middle and ask for $50-$75 less each month.
Question: Has anyone successfully re-negotiated a lower rent for their lease? If so, how did you go about doing it?”
We just moved into a new building in Shaw and the street lights BLARE into the windows all night long casting bright yellow light into the condo. Even with shades it’s nearly impossible to sleep. Are you aware of any procedure or contact to ask the City to dim/mask/reposition street lights?”
“Indeed, I know the DC streetlight guy, DDOT participates in our regional street light working group. He says, just get it on 311 (or online), make sure they have the pole number, and they’d be happy to take care of it.”
Hoping you can take the pulse of PoPville, and maybe some council members about this particular aspect of marijuana legalization.
When our neighbor smokes, a very pronounced odor comes through the walls of our rowhouse. We let him know, and he apologized, etc. (Said all the right things). We really don’t mind if he smokes, and I know some people love the smell, but we really don’t. I don’t want my work clothes smelling like it. I don’t want my child smelling it. I don’t want to have to smell it in our house.
While it’s a non-issue in neighborhoods with detached homes, I think this is a potential unintended consequence in the District since we have so many rowhomes, apartments, and condos.”