Support us!

Dear PoPville – Is This Legit?


Photo by PoPville flickr user Rukasu1

Dear PoPville,

I moved into a new building last summer on a one-year lease. The management company set the rent at the maximum allowed under DC rent control ($2,009 a month), but as this was significantly higher than the market rate for the apartment, they took a $214 “concession” out of my rent per month. So for the past year, my effective rent has been $1,795 per month. I just received a letter from the management company telling me that to extend the lease another year, they want to raise the rent to $2,122, which is 5% above last year’s maximum rent allowed but a whopping 18% increase over the rent that I actually paid last year.

Is this allowed? I know that DC has regulations on how much rent can be raised year-over-year, which it seems like they are trying to get around by having had an “actual” rent and an “effective” rent for last year. I’d really prefer not to move, and I kinda feel swindled. Really appreciate any advice!

Recent Stories

3937 Georgia at Shepherd St, NW formerly Lawrence II Great news from the long awaited Ice n’ Slice folks: “soft opening on Friday the 19th.”

Photo by DCbmyers You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have….

“Dear PoPville, DC Health is holding a community meeting on Thursday, 8/18, to discuss the “rat crisis” in the Logan Circle neighborhood (specifically, the block between 14th and 15th streets…

Sweet City Ride

Thanks to Sue for sending from Logan Circle. Sweet City Ride is made possible by readers like you! Email your finds to [email protected]

×

Subscribe to our mailing list