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“How does one know if he lives in an illegal rental?”

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“Dear PoPville,

How does one know if he lives in an illegal rental?

We rent the main and upstairs floors of a townhouse in DC with a separately rented basement unit. Searching PIVS on DC’s website, there is no certificate of occupancy or basic business license at the house.

Am I in an illegal rental? And if so, what rights or responsibilities do I have and what rights or responsibilities does my landlord have?”

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