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“I understand that in general with joint several liability in a group house lease agreement, the landlord can hold any or all of the tenants responsible for unpaid rent.

In our current situation, 3 of us are moving out of a 4-bedroom house, leaving the 4th responsible for filling the rooms. We’ve been helping to fill the rooms, but it looks like some may not get filled with viable tenants by the end of the month. The landlord already said he’d be holding the remaining tenant responsible if that’s the case. Is there any recourse here?

Everything I read about joint and several liability deals with cases of other tenants not paying rent, not cases of multiple roommates who’d been on a month-to-month basis leaving. It just seems unreasonable to expect someone to be responsible for filling 3 rooms regardless of circumstances. Any help would be appreciated.”

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“I’m hoping to convert my small back yard (roughly 12′ x 12′) into a patio, and am hoping to have the work done in the next 4-6 weeks. I live in Kingman Park. Does anyone have a good recommendation for a contractor or handyman they’ve used?

Thanks!”

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“I need to get all the the electrical and plumbing rerouted in my basement so that I can get several joists sistered. It’ll also help down the line if/when we finish the basement properly.

Any recommendations for architects would do something relatively small like this?

Thanks!”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user washingtonydc

“Can someone recommend movers for a very small (1-2 hour) job? We have a couch in storage that we want moved to our house. We want it placed upstairs, and it’s a tricky space that I expect will be difficult. Because of that, I’d prefer to use movers that are licensed and insured (as opposed to Task Rabbit, etc.) Thanks for any ideas!”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

“We are under contract with a house in the city and have discovered that permits were applied for but never issued. Our seller is contractually obligated to get the permits, but we think it might be easier to get additional seller credits, a more robust warranty, etc.

My question is this: Does anyone have experience owning an unpermitted home?”

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The Lemon Bowl DC – 3015 Georgia Ave NW

“Are you as pissed off about the “bathroom guidance” being rolled out as I am? Do you want to support transgender youth in DC (and North Carolina)? Come to Share Some Love on March 18 at The Lemon Bowl in Park View; drop in any time 3:30-5:30 to write one or more postcards, which will be collected and mailed to SMYAL in Washington, DC and Time Out Youth in Charlotte, NC. This event is free (donations gratefully accepted). More details and RSVP here: Share Some Love

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric Wilfong

“Well, she was living there for quite some time, but now there is no trace of her. She is a small woman with a braid across the top of her head; quiet and keeps to herself, often reading a book on a folding chair by her encampment. I have often wondered about her but now am worried.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jordan Barab

“Dear PoPville,

We are in the process of doing a significant amount of work to our house. We did a ton of research, interviews, checked on work, etc. Things had been moving along swimmingly and then near Thanksgiving started to slow up. Now there is little to no work being done, we are two months behind schedule, and I’m getting no response from my builder.

I’ve stopped writing checks but we’ve already paid roughly 35k in work (finish utilities and drywall) that hasn’t been done and I’m getting worried that my builder is literally getting ready to leave town this summer (without getting overly specific I’m quite certain he is relocating out West). (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user StreetsofWashington

“Do you have any good recommendations for a solid but affordable accountant in the area? I’m dipping my toes into the self-employed world for the first time and need someone to help me get my business up and running. The more recent posts seem more focused on tax preparation than small business setup.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric Spiegel

“We’re getting married this summer and I would love recommendations for someone who will come to my home and do hair and makeup?”

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