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Dear PoP – Can The Owner of an Unregistered Basement Apartment Use the Tenant Landlord Court?

by Prince Of Petworth November 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm 31 Comments


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“Dear PoP,

Does the owner of a basement apartment that is not registered in the District of Columbia as a rental unit
have standing in Tenant Landlord Court to bring eviction to a tenant that hasn’t paid rent in 3 months (after 30 notice is provided)?

In other words, must a rental unit actually be registered with Housing in order for the landlord to have standing in Tenant Landlord Court?”

This is an interesting question and probably another reason to register your apartments. But do any current landlords/lawyers know the answer?

Learn more about applying for a rental permit from DCRA here.

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