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Public Safety June 29, 2016 at 7:06 pm

Landlord not responding to tenant living in unhealthy unit

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.

Public Safety November 17, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Police activity at 12th and T NW

11/17/2015 at approx 12:30pm

I counted six MPD police cars on 12th Street NW, between S and T (Garrison Elementary School nearby). The cops were heavily armed, running towards a house, while others surrounded a nearby alleyway.

I’m curious if anyone has details on the incident.

Public Safety August 24, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Man Threatening Bikers on 8th St. SE Barracks Row (500 block)

While I was riding my bike home to Eastern Market from my gym at Navy Yard around 8:15 this morning, a man walked out into the middle of the street in front of my bike. He had this crazy look on his face and he stared at me intently as he walked out into the street in front of me. I slowed down and tried to maneuver around him, but he lunged at me as though he was going to hurt me or pull me off of my bike.
I screamed at him and tried to ride the other way and sideswiped a car, which was stopped because the crazy man and I were in the middle of the street. Thankfully I was able to get away unharmed. I reported the incident to metro police, and I spoke with one of the officers who patrols in the area, and he said that he would look out.
If you’re riding in that area, please stay extra alert! I’m concerned because there have been other recent reports of people being attacked on their bikes (a pregnant woman was stabbed in the arm on her bike in SE about a month ago). I usually choose to ride on Barracks Row because there are lots of people around. I will probably avoid that street from now on and take a different route.

Public Safety November 25, 2014 at 10:58 am

Packages stolen off porch


We had several packages stolen off our front porch yesterday (5th and Gallatin NW). Mid-afternoon a man in a bright blue jacket, hat and messenger bag walked up to the house, knocked on the door (presumably to make sure no one was home), and grabbed our stuff. We have security cameras and were able to provide the footage to the police, but be forewarned that this may be a common occurrence in the neighborhood, especially with the holidays coming up.

The police let us know this happens quite often where the thief will grab the packages, then find an alley to open them and transfer the contents to their bag so as not to look suspicious walking down the street with boxes. Think about requesting a signature for future deliveries to your homes.

Public Safety November 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Break in and Suspicious Activity in Petworth

Just want to make readers aware that there have been two break ins in the last two weeks on New Hampshire Ave by Grant Circle. On Thursday night my Fiance heard someone knocking at the front door around 12:15am she then heard them trying to kick in the back door. She called the cops, they came search the house and yard. Found nothing. She left and went to her sisters. At about 1am I got a call from the alarm company that the back door had be opened. Cops came and found someone had broken into the house and stole some items. The tried to break in one door, and that didn’t budge, the basement door they were able to break in through.

There were signs that someone was casing the house earlier in the week, late knocks on the door that we ignored, but shouldn’t have. We also had a package stolen earlier in the week and our neighbor mentioned that she saw a man and woman in our yard multiple times.

Today I found out from a neighbor across the street that on the night our house was broken into a woman knocked on his door around 1am, when he answered she said she had the wrong house, there was a man on the street with her. He thinks this could be the same people our other neighbor saw earlier in the week.

Public Safety October 8, 2014 at 10:22 am

Mysterious Man Outside The Quarry in Adams Morgan Attempting to Force His Way In

This morning I was accosted by a man outside my apartment building in Adams Morgan trying to force his way in, claiming to be a maintenance worker. I’m sure he is who he said he was, but I refused to let him in the building because I didn’t understand why he wouldn’t have a key fob or a code to get in if he was indeed employed to do maintenance on the building.

He tried to push me out of the way, questioned my authority, put his foot in the door and refused to take it out of the way, and then proceeded to verbally assault me, calling me a “cunt” and a “stupid bitch”. I closed the door on him and left him outside the building without letting him in because I had to go to work.

I am posting this here not for the sympathy or the kudos, but just to let you know that, no matter who you are, IT’S OK to stand your ground against creepy people.

Sure, I was probably putting myself in a lot of danger, but to me the risk of what he could possibly do to the building and/or the many single young women that live in my building was greater.

Please, for the love of god: DO NOT let people you don’t know into any locked building. They are locked out for a reason.

Public Safety October 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Woman (Me) Held Against Will in Taxi in Cleveland Park

I want to make DC aware of something terrifying that occurred to me on Friday evening, September 26th, around 10:30 pm, after taking a taxi home to Cleveland Park.

After repeated personal questions and inappropriate comments (eg “I like you,” “will you go on a date with me?”), the cab driver stopped in front of my building, looked me in the eyes, intensely, and told me I was locked inside his cab until I handed over “enough” cash. (He had not turned on the meter for the trip). I was trapped inside and scared, so I complied with his request to hand over cash.

I filed a police report with MPD immediately following the incident, I have consulted an attorney, and I plan to press charges.

I notified the DC taxicab commision of the incident, and I plan to do the same in Maryland- the cab had Maryland plates.

It is outrageous how difficult it can be for women to travel around this city safely.

Public Safety August 27, 2014 at 9:21 am

Woman Assaulted in Petworth

Does anyone have any details about the woman assaulted in Petworth last night, August 26th around 9pm? She was really badly bruised and bloody, and police were there to take statements, but there’s no news of it. Hope she’s alright.

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