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Dear PoP – Question about business license for Condo Owners

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“Dear PoP,

We live in a condo building that is over 50% rental units (very investor heavy…why did I buy? The old management company did not report the correct number of rental units to me or the mortgage company and it’s also gotten worse since we moved in). Yes, I understand that people need to rent apartments and I have no problem with that as long as a condo building operates for the owners.

That said, there are only 6 business licenses issues for our building according to DCRA. I know that 50 or so units are not professionally managed, so that means a good number are renting out their units without the proper licensing.

Even though our condo bylaws state that the Board – which includes two investors – must follow and enforce DC law, they have told us that they do not care about this issue. Do you have any recommendation to ensure that our building is following DC law?”

Any advice for this situation?

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