Topic Tag: Real estate
We are under contract with a house in the city and have discovered that permits were applied for but never issued. Our seller is contractually obligated to get the permits, but we think it might be easier to get additional seller credits, a more robust warranty, etc.
My question is this: Does anyone have experience owning an unpermitted home?
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.
Long time lurker, first time poster. My landlord is in the process of selling my building and I am looking to see if anyone is interested in my TOPA rights. It is a three unit apartment building in a very great location on Capitol Hill near Results Gym. I am looking for someone who wants the current tenants to stay.
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I just received a “Residential Sales Verification Questionnaire” from an appraiser for the DC government asking for information about the interior of my home that I purchased last fall. The cover letter gives me the option of scheduling a home inspection in lieu of filling out the survey.
Does anyone have any insight into this? Is this required? Looking for input from anyone who has experience with this. Thanks!
A good number of the Rhode Island Row retail spaces are still empty. Anyone know if they’ll be filling up soon, or want to speculate on why it’s taking so long to fill it up?
It looks like Brookland Manor may be nearing its last days. I ran across this article about a proposed overhaul of the housing complex and shopping center located on Rhode Island Avenue NE & 14th Street NE. As a new homeowner in this neighborhood, I’m excited.
I’m looking to buy my first place and wanted to see if anyone had good recommendations for agents. Specifically, I’m looking for an agent that knows DC very well – especially the neighborhoods of Shaw, Truxton Circle, and H St/Trindad – as I’m looking primarily in zip codes 20001 and 20002.
I’m targeting multi-unit properties (anywhere from 2-4 units) and am looking for a value buy. I’d like to purchase something that is in livable shape, but it does not need to be pretty or anywhere near turnkey condition. The plan would be to live in one of the units and rent out the others to reduce mortgage costs and expenses, and perform much of the maintenance and upgrading of the units myself.
Anyone have recommendations on agents that have experience with those types of properties? Or have general advice on this approach? If anyone reading has done a similar process on their own, I’d be very interested in connecting to hear more about your experience.
Thanks in advance!
Eariler today the RIA blog posted that Trader Joe’s is planning to build a store across from Flip It and Public Option around the 1600 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE. If this is true I’m sooooo excited. I haven’t seen this on any other blogs though, so I was wondering if it was really true. Is this really happening? Is this an April Fool’s Day joke?
Our 30-ish unit co-op building is considering changing property management companies. So, fellow co-op/condo board-members and residents, what company do you use? How has the experience been? Would you recommend them?
Hey folks, I have what I think is a quick question. The owner of my unit who I am renting from has sold the unit. The new owner is going to move in themselves, so they are giving me 90 days notice to vacate. (I’ve already waived my right of first refusal, we don’t want to buy the place ourselves.)
My question is, when does that 90 day clock start? When the sale closes and is final, or some time before? The new owner has said I have until May 31 to leave, but he doesn’t expect the sale to close until March 31, which would seem to indicate I have until the end of June, not end of May, for my 90 days.
So, when does the clock start on this? Thanks!
I’m a prospective first-time buyer with a fairly limited budget by D.C. standards. At this point in my search, I’ve turned up a few leads in Trinidad that are within my budget and that are renovated and nicely presented. My plan is to use a second (or third) bedroom to generate some rental income to help offset costs.
My gut check tells me that the neighborhood is only getting better, that the new Whole Foods and streetcar will add to the area’s appeal and that buying relatively cheap now will probably mean a decent return on investment in 5-10 years. I also like what I’ve seen of the neighborhood in general; it seems like it has a good community vibe. I go to NoMa and Union Market frequently, as well as H Street, and those areas are no sweat.
The only thing really keeping me out of Trinidad is, fairly or unfairly: Trinidad. I know that it’s not nearly as bad now as it used to be, but I’m still a little skittish. Then again, I have a feeling that I might look back in a few years and kick myself for not buying there. I’ve been in D.C. for a while now but not long enough to have been able to buy in any neighborhood when it was still on the way up.
So, what say you, PoPville? Is it worth getting a nice-priced property with rental potential in a neighborhood that’s still developing and overcoming its, well, reputation?
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