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comparing apartment buildings near Mt Pleasant/Adams-Morgan

“I’m looking at pretty comparable 1-bedroom apartments in the Chalfonte (Harvard and Argonne, off 16th), the Argonne (same), and the Park Meridian (16th and Euclid). The sizes and prices are similar enough that the decision really comes down to building quality. Does anyone have recent experience with any of these buildings? If so, can you speak to pests, management responsiveness (or management attempts to screw renters), heating/cooling issues, noise, construction, or anything else that might be relevant? Thank you!”

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Landlord trying to start a boarding house – help!

“I live in a group house in Petworth, 3br upstairs plus a basement w/ 1 br. Previously (for at least 2+ year) this house was rented to a group and the housemates would find a tenant to fill an open spot. This past May, a tenant moved out of the basement and we began looking for someone to fill her spot. The landlord then decided that she would do some work to the basement so we stopped looking.

Now, instead of doing renovations, she is insisting on finding a tenant for the basement space herself, and keeping us out of the process. This person would share all common spaces with us. We are very concerned about a stranger moving into our home, especially since one of us is a transwoman. Everyone in the house is currently on a separate (identical) lease.

We are a collective group house with norms and collective expectations, shared food and chores etc, we are NOT a boarding house and do not wish to become such.

Has anyone else experienced something like this? Is there a legal route so that we can choose our own housemate?”

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Any experience with DC Philanthropy/Fundraising?

“Hello, my friends and I are trying to find a bar that will help us raise money for a particular cause. We are looking for a bar that would be willing to donate proceeds. Does anybody have experience with doing this in DC? If so, which bars are normally open to helping?”

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Wall decal/graphic installation

“Hello, I have a large wall decal/graphic (about 8′ by 6′) and am having a hard time finding someone to install it. Any recommendations?”

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Gallery Place/Mt. Vernon Square bar space, ~75ppl?

“I’m getting married next Aug. in Chinatown, and looking to do an informal meet-and-greet the night before near the venue.

Any ideas for a bar space in the general Gallery Place or Mt. Vernon Square area that could fit up to 75 people on a Fri night in late Aug.? A privatized space isn’t necessary, but would be a bonus.

Thanks so much in advance for any thoughts!!!
Thanks in advance!”

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Anyone know a good handyman?

“Hey there folks!

My handyman moved away, so I’m looking for a good & reasonably priced solution for various odd jobs. i.e. installing new light fixtures, mounting flat screen to wall.

I’m in the Petworth/Brightwood area.

Thanks in advance!”

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Regulations (Besides 3′-3’6″ Fencing) for DC Front Yards?

“My partner and I are considering buying a home and one of the items on a must-have list is semi-peaceful outdoor space. We’re currently looking at a row house in Columbia Heights with a very small backyard area (mostly consumed by a massive AC unit), but a sizable front lawn space.

Does anyone know what kinds of zoning rules or neighborhood regulations we might come up against if we decided to put in a few paving stones for a patio? What about arbors and tallish shrubs/hedges? I’ve seen several attractive front yard spaces in Columbia Heights, but we’d like to comply to code and add at least an illusion of privacy to an outdoor space we’d be using often.”

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Price My Rental!

“My partner and I are looking to rent our home’s basement apartment in Columbia Heights and we want to know what a fair asking price would be. We’re in the process of obtaining a legal CofO, but do not anticipate any difficulties (everything is to code). More about it:

newly redone (fresh paint, tiles, windows, new appliances)
one-bedroom
has washer/dryer
has basic kitchen (no super-fancy appliances to account for)
decent natural light on both the front and rear
spans the full length and width of the house, so it’s pretty enormous
about one block to the metro
not much outdoor space

How much would you be willing to pay for this setup?”

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Legality of “free” marijuana with a t-shirt purchase?

“This evening I was walking out of the stores in DC USA in Columbia Heights and a man was soliciting t-shirt purchases, saying, “Free bag of marijuana with the purchase of a t-shirt.” I was under the impression that this is an illegal/ill-advised attempt to circumvent the laws prohibiting sale of pot. Anyone have some insight into this?

This is the second time that I’ve seen this individual outside of the shopping complex, and he seemed to be affiliated with DC Cannabis. Any advice on how to report this kind of activity and have it taken seriously?”

Ed. Note: How much was the shirt?!?!

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