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by Prince Of Petworth October 20, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0

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“Dear PoPville,

My friends and I have casually chatted in the past about going in on a single family home or townhouse together and then converting it into 3-4 apartments that we each could live in. Has anyone who isn’t a developer done this before and have any advice on permits, regulations, etc.? What did you end up having to spend on both the reno (4 kitchens!) and paperwork, etc? Is it costly to split one deed into four deeds? I clearly have many questions but am curious to see if anyone else has done this in DC and what their experience is!”

by Prince Of Petworth October 20, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

“Dear PoPville,

I live in Petworth, near the Soldier’s Home and have Verizon for my internet. Don’t have cable and all that so I only need internet.

However, it is 100 bucks a month for JUST for cable. What does everyone think of RCN or cheaper providers. I am older and not that computer savvy so my needs are basic. Essentially, need to get online, watch some Netflix and Youtube, and peruse some websites. No gaming or anything like that. Any suggestions, thoughts, or comments from the readers? Saving 50 or 60 bucks a month would be really helpful.”

by Prince Of Petworth October 18, 2017 at 1:45 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric Spiegel

“Dear PoPville,

Know of any places that accept donations of wedding dresses in D.C.? I was hoping there’d be an easy online gig – they send the packaging, you mail the dress – but I didn’t see anything after a quick google search. Would also be happy to donate to a place easy to get to in D.C.”

by Prince Of Petworth October 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Julia

“Dear PoPville,

Any recommendations on providers for LASIK or other vision-correction surgery, like PRK?

How recently did you have it done, and how much did it cost you? What was the timeline as far as initial consultation, any in-between appointments, surgery, follow-up appointments, etc.?


by Prince Of Petworth October 18, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

So Friday I was downtown and this man rolled his walker up to me and asked if I had 20 dollar bill for two tens. Knowing that I had hit the ATM the night before I said “Yes I do” and handed him a twenty, he handed me two tens. I took a real close look at those tens and while I was doing this he said to me “Sir, you made a mistake and gave me this one dollar bill” and I said “Oh I’m sorry”and handed him a twenty dollar bill. When I got to the corner I recalled that my wallet was empty the night before when I went to the ATM so there were only three twenties in my wallet. Turned around, he was gone. Well today I ran into him on U street and told him that on Friday I had no one dollar bills in my wallet and he said to me “Well when I got home Friday I had lots of twenty dollar bills in my wallet” Bless his heart. I love my city!”

by Prince Of Petworth October 17, 2017 at 12:55 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

“Dear PoPville,

I live in Dupont and we have a huge rat issue. We recently had a few come through the pipes in our toilet (like they physically tried to crawl out when I flushed – everyone’s worst nightmare). I’m at my wits end trying to find some sort of solution to this, or find anyone who has encountered this before. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 16, 2017 at 1:35 pm 0

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“Dear PoPville,

Maybe readers can help. I’m a gay guy. My best friend is a woman. We want to do a spa day together where we can get massages (separately) but hang out together in the hot tub, pool, communal areas (in bathing suits, obviously), maybe do spa lunch, etc.

I love the spa at the Mandarin Oriental, but the services are totally segregated by gender. Do readers have suggestions of good co-ed spas within an hour or so of DC? (Not looking for Spa World.)”

by Prince Of Petworth October 13, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Olaf Zerbock

“Dear PoPville,

We’ve recently moved out of a rental unit in a Columbie Heights row home. We’ve been just shy of harassing our property management company to respond to our inquires regarding the status of our security deposit. Our Property Manager has not responded to us in over a month and if he does not follow up within next few days we are conferring legal action. I’ve been looking up statutes and it looks like if he fails to notify or pay us within 45 days we can demand release of the entire amount of the security deposit, according to DC regulations. Here’s the relevant rule: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

While it is cool and damp today, we are going to have a weekend with temperatures in the 80s, and we are going to have temperatures well into the mid 70s for much of the next two weeks. However, our building is turning off the air conditioning today and turning on the heat by October 15 because DC code requires apartment heat turned on by that date. It is going to be absolutely sweltering in our apartments with the hot water running through our fan coil system, even with our individual in-unit fan blowers turned off.

Our building manager was very sympathetic, but said his hands were tied and that the DCRA was not issuing any waivers. This is a tremendous waste of resources to be running a heating system when it is not needed, not to mention the fact it will make our homes extremely uncomfortable for many days in the coming month. Given this unseasonably warm weather, you would think the DCRA would show some common sense and issue a delay for the date buildings must turn the heat on. However, common sense and DCRA are not always found in the same sentence.”


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