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Thanks to Lance for sending: “Page 21 of DC’s COVID bill requires buildings to refund amenity fees if closed during emergencies”. It says:

“(b) If, during a public health emergency that has been declared pursuant to section 5a of 478 the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 479 14-194, D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01) and consistent with applicable law or an Order issued 480 by the Mayor pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, 481 effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194, D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), a housing 482 provider temporarily stops providing:483 “(1) An amenity that a tenant pays for in addition to the rent charged, then the 484 housing provider shall refund to the tenant pro rata any fee charged to the tenant for the amenity 485 during the public health emergency; or 486 “(2) A service or facility that is lawfully included in the rent charged, then the 487 housing provider shall not be required to reduce the rent charged pursuant to section 211 of the 488 Rental Housing Act of 1985 (D.C. Code sec. 42-3502.11).”.

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