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Thurs. Afternoon Rental Option – Glover Park

by Prince Of Petworth — November 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm 12 Comments

This rental is located at 2124 Tunlaw Road, NW:

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The listing says:

“Wonderful 1 bedroom & bath in lower level of 2124 Tunlaw Road. Updated kitchen & bath & washer/dryer in unit. Tenant billed monthly by Owner for utilities that are split with upstairs. Tenants share internet/cable service.Close to shops, transportation & Georgetown. Available December 1st.”

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,400/Mo.

  • That is one small bedroom. Not that bad of a deal, but I wouldn’t be so thrilled about the utility arrangement.

    • sv

      If it’s not separately metered, I assume it’s not a legal unit, just living in someone’s spiffed up basement? It’s also odd that the unit has its own house number, rather than “2124A.” Maybe at some point they were two separate properties. Other than that weirdness though, it seems like an ok deal.

      • Anonymous

        Sometimes for mail you write #1 or #2 but the apartment numbers aren’t always posted on the building.

        I think what’s weird is that the landlord doesn’t even know the address and lists it incorrectly at least twice (including in the title).

      • amelia

        why do you assume it is not a legal unit? I am currently renovating my basement for an apt. I don’t see anything in the CofO rules that requires a separate meter.

  • Florista

    Eeeny-beany, but $1400 seems okay. Glover park a really nice area…agree that the utilities provision raises an eyebrow.

  • anon

    Not enough bros. Pass.

  • I love that little unit – but $1400 and a dorm fridge?
    No thanks

    • I couldn’t decide if it was a small fridge or a dishwasher. Maybe I’m missing something, but you can only see 3 of the 4 walls of the kitchen in the photos.

      That being said, the magnets are a sign you’re right.

      • Yeah — I was having trouble determining whether it was a mini-fridge or a dishwasher, but came to the conclusion that it was a mini-fridge.

  • Anonymous

    Unless there is a separate meter, it is illegal for the landlord to charge for utilities like water, sewer and electric. I learned this while fighting a nightmare landlord many years ago (I “won” in that he was given 72 hours to fix a bunch of things and fined for a bunch of other things. He “won” because he made my life miserable in the six months leading up to that.)

    My decidedly un-lawerly point of view tells me that “splitting” the bill with the upstairs tenant is a bit gray but still not allowed.

  • Anonymous

    The way I’m reading this is that there is an upper and lower level rental unit at the address, which might explain the line of splitting utilities with upstairs. I wasn’t convinced that the upstairs was inhabited by Owner. Not 100% positive but a possibility. Again, not positive, but I didn’t think it was illegal to have a basement rental that wasn’t separately metered but that LL couldn’t charge/split for utilities in that case. It would be factored into the monthly rent, if you will. Regarding different address, could just be to differentiate for mail purposes. However, I think when a basement unit really has a different address from the main house, it means that the house is taxed as 2 separate units and the units are treated as separate entities, if what was explained to me is correct.

  • grid

    Guys, that’s definitely a fridge, not a dishwasher (where would the controls be?) Plus, you can see both sides of the kitchen — no other place for a normal sized fridge.


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