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Real Estate July 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm

DC Rental Unit Inspection

Came home to find a notice from DCRA about an inspection in the basement and top floor unit in our four unit building in the next few days between 10 and noon. As far as I know, tenants didn’t ask for this inspection. What obligation do we have as tenants (should we be in our apartment? do I need to miss work? should we not let them in? do we have to let them in? will we get kicked out of our apartment if the apartment fails the inspection?)?  What obligations do the landlords have? In other words, what’s the best way to proceed?

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These are automatic <a href=”http://dcra.dc.gov/DC/DCRA/Inspections/Proactive+Inspections”>proactive inspections</a>.  They are looking for building/fire/health code violations that may or may not be apparent or reported by residents.
Technically, you do need to let the inspector in; otherwise they can come back with an administrative warrant.  It really is not a big deal.  You don’t have to be there unless you feel you can’t trust your landlord/building staff in your unit without you being present.  Put valuables or other sensitive items where they aren’t in plain sight.  Tidy-up the place so it’s presentable.  Remove/correct any obvious things that are *your* responsibility, like doing dishes; making sure all non-refrigerated food is securely closed and counters, stove, and any spills are cleaned up so there’s no attraction for vermin;  making sure the tops of kitchen cabinets are cleared; all your outlets are accessible; there is clearance around your heating/air conditioning unit(s); and hit your bathtub with some mold/mildew cleaner if it needs it.

Thank you!

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