Washington, DC

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“Dear PoPville,

Looking for guidance on air ventilation requirements for mixed-used properties in DC. I’m in a row house with two business spaces, and two apartments on top of that. A new hair and nail salon has moved in directly below my apartment, and fumes are permeating my living space. I’ve lived here for five years without an issue from previous neighbors and tenants.

There are no additional vents in that space, just a basic central air system and windows at the back (since the front has a sealed storefront window. The fumes are overpowering in my apartment, I need to keep all of the windows open to air it out which is challenging in the middle of winter.

Conversations with the tenant, property management, and building owner really aren’t getting anywhere productive. They are all unconcerned about the shift, and just think a “smell” isn’t that bad.

Any advice from the community, regarding regulations etc., would be greatly appreciated.”


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