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My understanding is that once you have fulfilled the length of your lease in DC, it will automatically turn into a “holdover lease.” This is a month-to-month lease that can’t easily be terminated. Also, you should already know if you’re in a rent-controlled apartment because DC sends documentation yearly to notify you of any rent increases, and this is usually stated in the lease (because of other limitations that typically apply – ie. no subletting). If you sign a new lease, I think that a rent-controlled apt would be legally allowed to raise your rent more than the standard CPI + 2% rate.