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Real Estate September 17, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Advice for Plaintiffs in DC Water Hearing?

Hi everyone,

My roommates and I are disputing a bill with DC Water and headed to a hearing with them this month. Our usage has consistently been beneath 10-15 CCFs for more than a year and then one month randomly spiked at 99 CCFs(!). We figured this must have been an error by DC Water’s metering system or something and are prepared to explain that there’s no way we used nearly 75,000 gallons of water in a month.

Does anyone have any suggestions for arguments that work best with DC Water? We’re not lawyers and don’t have one and want to make sure we make our case as clearly and effectively as possible.


Announcements June 18, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Foreclosure and Tenant Rights

I just found out that my landlord has been foreclosed on, and the condo I’ve rented for nearly six years will soon be sold at auction. My landlord is unresponsive and I haven’t received any official notice other that what I have found in public records. No one, including the lender or the owner or the trustee, has reached out to me to tell me what’s going on. The auction is scheduled within a few weeks. As a tenant, what are my rights if the place is sold? Can someone come in and change the locks? I am not in a position to move right now. Any advice?

Announcements March 12, 2014 at 9:19 am

Tenant Rights in Regard to Neighbor Construction

I rent the basement of a Capitol Hill rowhouse, and I often work from home. I signed my lease in August 2013, which will run through Sept 30, 2014. In the fall, I learned my next door neighbors are planning to do a complete renovation and adding on 2,000 sq ft in the rear. They will not be able to live there, so they are moving out when construction starts in May or June.

I share a wall with this house, and to this point I can hear anything that happens just outside my doors, and sometimes I hear their toddler running across the house. Clearly, I’m worried about how bad the noise will get when this starts. I’m sure that will not be the only issue, but that’s my main concern at the moment.

Do I have any rights regarding terminating my lease if it gets bad enough? How much inconvenience and noise pollution should I expect to put up with? All of it through the end of my lease?

Further info that could potentially influence things: The house on the other side will go on the market any day now, and it has not been renovated in decades, if ever. Neighbors are speculating that it will also undergo renovation, but there aren’t known plans for this now.

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