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Divorce in DC – can you recommend lawyers or other resources?:

“Hi all: Has anyone been through a divorce in DC or have a knowledge of the process? City websites have not been useful thus far. It would likely be a No Fault divorce, if I understand the terms correctly. We’ve been married ~2yrs, both live in DC, have no children or joint financial accounts. Only major joint expense is home we purchased in 2009.

As we’re on fairly good terms, I’d like to keep the process as fast and cheap as possible, hence considering mediation and/or No Fault, but I’ve also been advised to first consult w/an expert, and one that has my interests in mind to someone that has my interests in mind. (Plus, its just easier to talk w/a real person sometimes.) Also may want to hire someone to do the paperwork.

So: anyone done this before? Any recs on info resources, lawyers, etc? Tips, things to watch out for? Any help much appreciated. I feel overwhelmed.”

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Good lunch restaurant for out of town guests:

“I was wondering if any of you had suggestions for a good (Saturday) lunch place where, to quote my mother, “there’s a lot to walk around and see”. I’ve taken them to all my favorite places in Capitol Hill/Eastern Market and they’re doing the “big” monuments on Sunday. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!”

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is it legal for condo HOA to impose different rules for renters vs. owners?:

“Condo building HOA is proposing enacting a new rule that would prohibit renters from having pets. However, any owners who live in the building, are permitted to have pets.

Just curious if anybody is aware if this is legit? Is it ok to apply different rules depending on your status of being an owner resident vs. tenant resident?

All current renters would be grandfathered in. Not sure if it matters, but this building has approximately a 54% to 46% owner to investor ratio.”

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recs to fix basement flooding during rain and leaky porch roof?:

“Today’s heavy rains brought to light two unrelated issues in my Mt. Pleasant rowhouse. I’d love suggestions for people/companies to contact to fix either or both problems!

1. The basement is underground and has a door that opens to an outdoor stairwell that leads you to ground level. At the bottom of the outdoor stairwell is a drain. On days with heavy rain, the drain can’t keep up with the amount of water pooling at the bottom of the stairwell and it flows under the basement door and into the basement.

We’ve had the drain snaked and have sand bags against the door, but water still gets through during a prolonged heavy rain.

I’m not sure whether I need (1) a plumber to do something to the drain, or (2) a contractor to replace or otherwise better seal the bottom of the door, or (3) both, or (4) some other solution entirely. Thoughts/suggestions very appreciated!

2. I noticed today that the roof of our front porch is leaking in several places. I don’t see any obvious holes in the tar on the top of the roof, but they must be there! Suggestions for someone who can repair the porch roof, which has wood slats on the underside that need to be preserved?

Thank you!”

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Peeper in Columbia Heights/Mt. Pleasant:

“Hey y’all – anyone ever had a problem with this before? I live on Park road (the “Parkade” across the street from the church on 16th) on the first floor. There’s a road behind my apartment complex for the townhouses and complexes nextdoor. On Saturday night, my fiancee was asleep while I was reading, and I noticed some movement on my window sill – a short, young, Latino man climbed up to look into our window! I immediately got up and would’ve taken a picture of him, but thought it must’ve been a raccoon or cat., as my vision was obscured by our curtains. So, I just banged on the window and yelled for him to leave. He immediately left and took off. For some detail, we’re about three or four feet off the ground, so the guy really must’ve wanted to see something. Obviously we have bars, but it’s still pretty freaky.

Anyone dealt with peepers before? Is it worth doing anything besides reporting it to the building management/my landlord? Is this something to be worried about becoming worse? We have several families with young children on the floor, so I wasn’t sure how else to handle it. Let me know if you guys have seen anything lately!”

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Inclusionary Zoning Unit-Experience/Advice?:

“I applied for the housing lottery a while back and recently got a notification that I was one of the selectees chosen to purchase a unit in a new condo building. I’m not sure how many other people got the same notification, but I was obviously pretty excited that I might be able to own a condo for an affordable price. I have been told that other selectees and I will need to submit letters of interest, approval letters from lenders, and documents to verify our lower-income status.

My question is…what are the odds and how exactly does DCHD choose the individual who gets to purchase and inhabit the unit? I am confident in my ability to get a mortgage approval-but I haven’t lived in the city very long. My tax statements still use a previous address, in fact.

Anyone have experience with IZU buying? I shouldn’t get my hopes up…right?”

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Mysterious Man Outside The Quarry in Adams Morgan Attempting to Force His Way In:

“This morning I was accosted by a man outside my apartment building in Adams Morgan trying to force his way in, claiming to be a maintenance worker. I’m sure he is who he said he was, but I refused to let him in the building because I didn’t understand why he wouldn’t have a key fob or a code to get in if he was indeed employed to do maintenance on the building.

He tried to push me out of the way, questioned my authority, put his foot in the door and refused to take it out of the way, and then proceeded to verbally assault me, calling me a “cunt” and a “stupid bitch”. I closed the door on him and left him outside the building without letting him in because I had to go to work.

I am posting this here not for the sympathy or the kudos, but just to let you know that, no matter who you are, IT’S OK to stand your ground against creepy people.

Sure, I was probably putting myself in a lot of danger, but to me the risk of what he could possibly do to the building and/or the many single young women that live in my building was greater.

Please, for the love of god: DO NOT let people you don’t know into any locked building. They are locked out for a reason.”

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The Curse of Frau Mueller, Gravensteen Haunted House at 50 Florida Ave, NE

Halloween in DC:

“Some friends of mine and I want to do a real haunted trail this year for Halloween – we were hoping for something with a trail, hayride, even a bonfire if possible. So that’s definitely outside of DC, but does anyone know of anything fun that’s an hour away or less? Thanks!”

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Annual maintenance on hot water radiators and boiler

“I own a 1920 row house in Petworth and now that it’s getting colder, I’m looking for recommendations for someone who can provide basic annual maintenance/check up to our hot water radiator and boiler system. In particular, it’d be great to have answers to:

1) Who would you recommend?

2) What particular services should I look for or avoid?

3) What’s a fair price to pay?

Thanks!”

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Anybody send their kids to Oyster-Adams?

“It had a great reputation 10-12 years ago (my block was in-boundary then but has since been zoned out), but I get the impression people are much less happy with it now than they once were, and specifically that the administration is very weak. Our daughter’s still a few years away from starting, but it looks like we’re going to be moving in-boundary again. Any recent experience/info would be greatly appreciated.”

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