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“My neighbor lives with her toddler grandson and others in the basement unit of a group home. Last night she called the fire department because her living room was flooded by a faulty heating system. When the firefighters left they said her landlord needed to fix the faulty system and address electrical issues in the unit. While I was talking to her she mentioned that loose bricks had also fallen from the ceiling and there was a tree (!!!) growing in her grandson’s room. She said that the unit has repeatedly flooded but the landlord has refused to address the problem. Today the maintenance company came but she said they did nothing to fix the faulty heating system–they just sucked up the water and cut out the wet carpet.

She said that she feels sick every time she walks into the unit and has been throwing up a lot. Sounds like mold.

I’m a landlord (with a C of O and an attorney-provided lease) and everything she describes seems like a major violation of DC tenants’ rights. She has repeatedly tried to get them to fix major problems with the unit and they ignore her or do something to cover the problem but don’t solve it and it reoccurs.

I suggested she call the DC tenant advocate and/or ask the city for an inspection and she called them and many others in the DC government, but all said they couldn’t help her because the unit wasn’t registered with them. But she and I agree that that doesn’t make sense because the trust that owns the house we think gets a major tax break from the city for making low-income housing available in Dupont Circle. My understanding is that even if a unit isn’t registered the city would still investigate violations–and would fine the owner for not registering the unit.

Any suggestions for advising her how to proceed? I’m happy to make calls for her, but she does not have the money to hire a lawyer or other advocate and she is unaware of her rights.”

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“I have no parking signs for a moving truck next Tuesday, June 28. All this week, our street has had no parking signs for tree work, and that was supposed to run through the 24th. I went out there this morning, and all of the tree work signs now say it’s scheduled for the 27th-July 1.

I’ve tried calling the number on our permit multiple times and leave message after message, but I’m wondering if anyone knows what I can do. Can I just put up my signs along the others and keep a copy of the permit on the dash? Or does the tree work supersede everything.”

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“Does anyone have a tankless electric water heater? I found one with great reviews but my contractor says they don’t work and that the only decent tankless ones are gas. I’d love feedback from anyone who has actually used one. Also if you have a recommendation for an expert to install that would be much appreciated. Thank you!”

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“We recently moved from Mt Pleasant to Woodley. Since we recently moved, we have a lot of boxes. We got a ticket from DPW because some of our cardboard boxes of packing material, both from our stuff and from things like new furniture, were stacked on top of or next to our Supercan (there is, of course, much more than will fit in the can). Leaving aside the fact that the ticket comes certified mail, signature required, and can only be picked up between 10 and 5 at the Post Office (seriously?), the ticket appears to claim that cardboard boxes stacked next to a can in the alley are a “fire hazard.” (The alternative is that they attract vermin, but I don’t think they eat styrofoam.) Any experience with fighting tickets like this? Unpacking and furnishing a house is a process, and we’re not going to have a Supercan’s worth of garbage for some time to come.”

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“I have lived in the city without owning a car, but I do rent on occasion. I tend to buy the expensive liability insurance from the rental agency (since different credit cards offer primary damage insurance), but I’d love to find something I could get outside of the rental agency. Does this exist? ”

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“My husband and I bought a powerboat and are awaiting delivery. We will be docked in DC and are wondering if anyone has any general advice about boating in the upper Potomac. We mainly want to cruise and do some light fishing (downriver). We had some specific questions too:

The boats that tie up to one another up the river from Georgetown – what is the deal with this? Do they know each other, or is this like in the south where anyone pulls up to a sandbar and just hangs out?

Any advice about marinas? We are attracted to James Creek due to price and the fact that the rest of the waterfront is so tied up with construction, but haven’t rented a slip yet.

Are there any online forums that are popular for boaters in this region? The ones I have found seem like they haven’t been updated recently.

What are some good destinations that can be reached in a day trip from DC, via a small powerboat?

Any advice is appreciated!”

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“Could someone explain to me how I can use my TOPA rights to negotiate lease terms with a landlord? Long story short, I rent from a condo owner, and am not being offered a chance to renew my lease because the owner wants to sell. I received an “offer” to buy–but it does not seem to comply with TOPA requirements. I am hoping the owner will let me out of the lease early when I find a new place, but that is seeming unlikely. Any words of advice? Thank you”

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“I live off of New York and Montana NE. Sometimes you can hear a train whistle blast loudly or a train fly by, but never consistently.

All day yesterday the whistles sounded like they were right next door instead of 2 blocks and a DPW truck site away. They also came at a greater frequency and the whistle actually startled me once when I was upstairs in the bathroom with the door shut.

Out of shear interest does anyone know of any track work happening? schedule or safety policy changes? Or some other reason I might have started to notice this more over the weekend?

Thanks!”

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“Hoping someone can help out a temporary car owner with a very stupid/basic question about street parking in the city. Searched the forum but seems no one else had the same level of ignorance.

If there’s a street with no parking signs whatsoever, except the ones at the end of the block saying “no parking beyond this point,” can anyone park there indefinitely? Or is there an unspoken but ticketable rule about residents-only or street cleaning or anything else?

Any advice here is much appreciated.”

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“I’m hoping the PoPville community can help with a recommendation for a good therapist/counselor for couples therapy (in general and pre-marital). I searched the Forum and picked up some tips on how to go through my work’s EAP program but no names/therapists were recommended (I’m hesitant to have us just go to the first person who pops up, upon a search through my EAP program–I’d love the chance to get recommendations/referrals from someone who has a good experience with a therapist/counselor in the area). Thanks for any help and insight; it’s much appreciated!”

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