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Buying a car in DC

“I am a first time car buyer that lives in the District. Are there any car dealerships in DC proper? Does anyone have any recommendations for reputable car dealerships nearby? ”

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Help with Tenant law? Is this legal?

“My roommate and I have shared an English Basement in Petworth for over a year now. However, our apartment recently flooded due to a drainage problem. It cost almost $3000 to clean and repair and now our landlords are trying to charge us the costs of the damage.

They are claiming that it stemmed from flushing tampons (which I seriously doubt for many reasons). And citing the abnormal usage part of our lease to justify this charge.

What do you think? Is the law on our side on this one? What steps can we take to protect ourselves?”

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Choosing between Baltimore and DC

“My significant other just took a job in Baltimore (Fells Point). My work is near NOMA/Union Station. We currently live in Columbia Heights, and we’re trying to figure out where we should move.

It seems like our options are:
1). Moving close to Union Station, perhaps in NOMA or around H Street. I could walk to work (which obviously would be great for me!), and she could walk to Union Station for the MARC train. We’re still trying to figure out the best way to get her from Baltimore Penn/Camden to Fells Point. I suppose an option 1b might be her driving from H Street.
2). Move to Baltimore. I could take the MARC and then walk to work, she’d walk/bike/bus/drive to Fells Point, depending on where exactly we live.
3). Live somewhere in between. We only have one car, so this option would likely have one of us taking the MARC (probably me) and one of us driving.

Anyone have any opinions on those options, or the DC-to-Baltimore (or vice-versa) commute in general?”

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What can I do about my neighbor’s illegal pop-back??

“My next door neighbors just sold their house (a rowhouse in an R4 zone, no historic district) to a developer who plans to do a complete renovation. He told me that he plans to build up the rear of the house. They haven’t closed but the deal is going through this week, supposedly.

Here’s the thing – there are two illegal one-story additions on the back of the house that already violate the maximum 60% occupancy and the 20′ rear offset restrictions in the R4 zone. One is an “enclosed porch” that is really an added room, and jutting further out from that is another open porch with a roof. Both are on a foundation the old owner added. Now the developer wants to bring the height of these additions up to the full height of the house and add it to the square footage.

The illegal additions (which were put in years ago) are bad enough but making them 3 stories tall will significantly air and light in my backyard. My questions – can they actually do this? And what kind of recourse do I have?

Thanks for the advice.”

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Looking for the owner of 2 lg dogs – Queen and King

“If anyone knows the owners of the 2 large dogs (a mixed shepherd and tan/white pit bull) that were roaming in Crestwood yesterday, please let me know. My neighbor’s cat was mauled by them and had to be put down. These are dangerous dogs. Their names are Queen and King. This time the victim was a cat – next time it could be a small child.

Thank you!”

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Illegal dumping on NPS land in Ft. Totten by construction crew

“Over the last few mornings as I’ve walked to the Ft. Totten metro, I’ve noticed the construction crew at the Mamie D. Lee site actively shoveling dust and debris into the woods on the NPS property adjacent to the former school.

To be clear, it doesn’t seem like they’re taking debris directly from within the construction site. Rather, it’s the dust and debris that washes out into the side street or is sprayed off the exiting trucks and collects at the end of the street. Either way, it doesn’t seem like they should be shoveling it onto federal park property, where it is currently visible in large gray piles near a drain, so that when it rains, whatever debris (and possibly asbestos) that is there gets washed into our waterways.

I’ve called 311 and filed a complaint with DC Dept. of Public Works (per their recommendation), as well as the US Park Police office who said they would take care of it (but hadn’t as of a week later). And this morning, I saw the Park maintenance guys picking up trash and let them know about it, to which they said “I got you, I’m actually calling right now to complain about it.” I can’t seem to get a hold of anyone directly at DC DoE (forced to leave a message).

Has anyone else seen this happening? Apart from directly confronting the foreman at the site, does anyone have thoughts on who to call or contact directly?

Thanks for your advice!”

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Shots Fired in AdMo?

“Wondering if anyone else heard the shots fired around 3:30 this morning [Tuesday] in the Adams Morgan area? We’re on Adams Mill Road, and they were close enough to wake us up. Curious as to what the proper response is-the last time we heard shots close to us we called 911 to report it, but the dispatcher seemed genuinely confused why we would call if we couldn’t see anything or know exactly where it was coming from. As a somewhat recent transplant, wondering what the protocol is (or what people think it should be).”

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Rat in Apartment

“Hoping someone has advice to help me deal with my property management company. We’ve had a rat/s in our apartment since September. Although the property management company laid down a couple of traps and sealed up the holes, it keeps getting in and out. Our management company has basically admitted they don’t know what else to do to get rid of it. Making matters worse, there has been a horrible odor coming out of our oven/stove for 2 months, we think the rat may have spent some time in the insulation. The company does not want to replace the oven until they can get rid of the rat, so we’re in a bit of pickle. Has anyone had success in situations like this? Ideally we’d like a new oven, but we’d even settle for being let out of our lease. We’re month to month, but we need to give sixty days notice to get out of the unit. Any insight would be great!”

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Places for a work group

“I’m helping organize a work retreat and am looking for a place around the city to sit with a small group (fewer than 10 people) and talk for a few hours. Obviously, we have a conference room we can use if nothing else fits, but I think a change of scenery would be nice. I have been thinking along the lines of a quiet corner of one of the museums, but I’m not sure anything like that actually exists.

Does anyone have any ideas of a spot that is quiet-ish (but still allows for conversation), free of charge, and maybe has a nice view or interesting architecture?”

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