“Absurd fees at DCRA”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

“Dear PoPville,

I recently moved out of my 2-bedroom condo and am gearing up to rent it out this summer. I want to make sure everything I’m doing is legitimate, of course, so I applied for a basic business license, which is required in DC to rent out even one unit. The problem is, the application for the basic business license is wildly confusing, especially for a first-timer like me. While filling out one section of the form, I inadvertently put down my NEW address (where I would like to receive correspondence from the city), as opposed to the address of the unit I’m actually renting out. When I called the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to fix the error, I was told that doing so would cost me $83 — in addition to the $190 application fee I already paid for the basic business license itself. Is this a joke?”

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