Topic: Building-wide issue with apartment tenant. What to do?
Building-wide issue with apartment tenant. What to do?
I live in a small, economically and racially diverse low and middle-income apartment building in Columbia Heights. All of the tenants get along great and the landlord is fairly effective and responsive. However, there is one group of tenants that live in the unit above mine who are frequently loud, are running an unlicensed daycare in their unit, and often jam the front door so that their guests can enter and leave at all hours of the day and night (the door is typically locked). My wife and myself and several other tenants have frequently complained about their behavior and while management has cited them for excessive noise several times, these individuals seem to ignore the citations and their behavior is continuing. I hate the idea of threatening anyone with eviction or evicting anyone but after two years of these problems I feel that the building should be taking a more assertive stance toward this problem. Many others in the building feel this way. I assume that the building is not being more assertive because my understanding is that it is nearly impossible to evict anyone in DC, but I’m not entirely sure.
Several of my neighbors and I want to put more pressure on these people to get them to either change their behavior or get out. And before anyone judges, the people angry about this come from a variety of ethnic groups, income levels, and general outlooks on life. This isn’t a case of one racial group in the building ganging up on another or anyone like that. What, if anything, can the management company do about this to actually penalize these people for their behavior? I think that eviction may be able to be avoided if they were forced to adhere to some lesser penalty.