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Looking to set up a Trust – any recommended lawyers that are registered in DC

“I just bought a condo and I am looking to set up a trust to protect it from probate in case anything ever happens to me.

Has anyone tried to set up a trust in DC? I looked at Legalzoom, but I would prefer to have a professional walk me through the process as long as the fees were reasonable.”

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Landlord Raising Rent

“I needed some advice on something. My landlord has raised our rent from $2600 to $2750. I went to the Office of Tenant Advocacy and their site says, “the most common allowable increase in rent is an annual adjustment, based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). For most tenants, the most that their rent can increase is the CPI percentage plus 2 percent, but not more than 10 percent.” There is more info in the below link.
http://ota.dc.gov/page/allowable-rent-increases

I called up the office and they said CPI for 2015 is 1.5%. If this is the case, my landlord can only raise my rent by $91. Am I missing something?”

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Recommendations for Fencing/Gate Builders

“We’re looking to improve security at the alley entrance behind our property in Columbia Heights – currently we have a six foot fence that’s proved too easy for scoundrels to leap – does anyone have recommendations for fencers/builders that can help us be more secure w/o making the property look like a prison?”

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Lost engagement ring in NOMA (in black Harold Steven box)

“My engagment ring- a gold band with 3 stones, round center and pear shaped side stones- went missing in the NOMA area while apartment hunting between Flats 130 and 77H apartment buildings. It was in a black Harold Stevens box. It is so incredibly important to me- if found, I will offer a substantial reward. Please see attached image!”

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Garden-Tours

Garden Tours at the Historic Franciscan Monastery on Saturdays

“Looking to contemplate creation and faith? Ponder Pope Francis and his upcoming visit? Tour the magnificent gardens of the Franciscan Monastery.

Get an insider’s tour of one of the gardens at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land. Learn about the monastery’s history, the gardens and friars who designed them, and the Holy Land and Lourdes shrines.

Free tours through September 12 on Saturdays, 11 a.m. and noon, are led by guides from the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild. Meet by the visitor center, 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017; http://www.FMGG.org. Call 202-526-6800 to arrange a group tour.”

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HVAC recommendations?

“Anyone have any good recommendations for HVAC service in DC? Looks like we’re in need of some AC repairs, but want to find someone who can help with general maintenance and upkeep. Had a terrible experience with Michael & Sons for electrical work, so I don’t want to use them. Would prefer a small company to a giant one that dispatches independent contractors. Any advice appreciated!”

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Group Dinner Spots — where you can order off menu & pay separate checks

“I’m not having great luck booking an office dinner. We need a place where we can order off the menu and pay separate checks, for 20 or so people. Semi-private seating a plus but not required, and under $45/person ideal. We’re looking for something around the yellow/green line near downtown or the orange/blue line.

Is there some hidden gem of a search engine to help with this? Surprisingly Yelp doesn’t have a lot of intel. I’ve researched 40 places so far and am happy to share my list and notes with other group dinner planners….”

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Smash and grab in Columbia Heights: ISO my new workout clothes and trainers

“Yesterday evening between 8:30 pm and 10 pm, in front of 3551 13th St, NW, someone shattered the passenger side window of my car, and grabbed my gym bag containing nice, new-ish workout gear.

Unless the perp wears a woman’s 5.5 shoe, the Asics gel trainers may now be sitting on a sidewalk “for sale” along with two sets of small and medium-sized yoga/gym tops and pants.

I looked in alleys and front yards this morning in case he (?) tossed the stuff someplace.

Momma doesn’t need another excuse to skip the gym!

Please contact me if you find any of my gear. Thank you.”

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Terminating a lease in the District

“First-time DC renter here, moved from another city (where I rented and owned) so I’m trying to get some clarity.

We started a lease in late December 2013. That term ended on December 31, 2014. Our landlord emailed us to tell us that the lease was now month-to-month and we needed to give 30 days’ notice.

We’ve rented another place. We want to move out on August 15. On July 1, we sent a letter to our landlord telling them we were ending the lease. Landlord responded about two weeks later saying that we couldn’t end the lease in the middle of the month, and that we had to stay until the end of the month. The lease is silent on this point.

DC Tenant Survival Guide and DC Code seem to say all we have to do is give 30 days’ notice; we gave way more than that.

Am I missing something? What remedies do we have?”

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Treasures of the River Trail: A Scavenger Hunt by bike on the Anacostia River

“Join WABA for an afternoon of Choose Your Own Adventure Scavenger Hunt on the Anacostia River seeking hidden treasure, forgotten islands, ancient ruins, and natural wonder. You and your team will compete for prizes in this family friendly treasure hunt in DC’s back yard. Come prepared for riddles, unexpected challenges, trickery and exploration. Silliness encouraged. Costumes rewarded. Bike savvy kids welcome.

You and YOU ALONE are in charge of what happens in this a. There are dangers, choices, and consequences. You must use your numerous skills and much of your intellect. Choose right and reap endless rewards.

Scoring Points & Prizes
When you check in (3:00 – 3:15 pm), your adventure begins with a choice to determine your path. From there, you’ll be off riding in search of treasure and glory guided by clues, riddles, and new decisions. At each step, your eam will collect points towards some fun prizes.

Details
Date: Saturday August 1
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Cost: Free
Check In: RFK Stadium on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
Website: waba.org/treasuresofthetrail

What to Bring
– a bike
-a helmet (required for participation)
-at least one teammate (up to 4 per team)
-a costume fitting of a treasure hunter (optional, but encouraged)”

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