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My landlord recently filed in the fall for VAT exemption to our rent-controlled apartment. 4 things allow you to qualify to no longer be a rent controlled apt which one of them is:
Owned by a natural person (i.e., not a corporation) who owns no more than four rental units in the District.
Since our lease ends and goes month to month starting in Feb., he expects us to pay $200 more a month – around a 9% rent increase. Is there anything we can do since he JUST FILED to get it exempt which makes me wonder why file now? We had been living there for 2 years how is that fair? I wanted to ask the community if they had dealt with this before – living in an apartment for 2 years when your lease is about to be up and go month to month and they just spring this increase on you and if I have any options to fight it? Any guidance would be most appreciated!”