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I live in Adams Morgan and wrote to my apartment management when they closed amenities in March due to COVID-19 to see if they would be willing to reduce the rent. While we certainly agree with their decision, we chose the apartment building specifically for the amenities, and pay a lot of money to use the rooftop, gym, lounge, courtyard, and other perks. With these being closed, we thought it was fair to request a bit of reduction in our rent, especially considering the financial uncertainty of these times. Management wrote back saying they were open to negotiations but first wanted to know if other apartments have done the same before making a decision on the amount. Read More
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In November, I got a new job out of state that I started in January. My family has been renting a great home in Manor Park since August 2015 and our lease is slated to end at the end of July 2020. When we inquired with our property management company about our options they said we could 1) market and show the property ourselves and if we found new tenants the penalty would only be the loss of a portion of our deposit, or 2) have the property management company market the property, which would require a 60 day notice to vacate (read: two additional months rent) and the loss of our entire deposit. The property management company recommended that we go with option one, which made sense to us.
Flash forward to mid-February. Read More
A reader shares some frustration and more details about the Saturday morning shooting inside the Capitol View building at 14th and Belmont Street, NW:
“The UDR building management has sought to downplay this incident from the start. They didn’t send any message to residents until more than 3 hours after the incident occurred with very little information. Then when they did follow-up several more hours later, the message is an unacceptable minimization of their knowledge of the ongoing problem with this unit, the seriousness of the incident itself and the severity of the damage caused.
Per the MPD on the scene, multiple rounds were fired within the fourth floor hallway. The gunfire was not confined to the unit. Please see the attached photo of the bullet hole in the elevator landing wall. If it’s not an “on-going threat to the community” now, it certainly was when bullets were flying in a common space at 9 a.m. on a Saturday! Read More
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From the Office of the Attorney General:
“Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced that notorious landlord Sanford Capital, LLC, and its owner will return over $1.1 million in rent payments to 155 tenants forced to live in uninhabitable conditions. The joint settlement agreement resolves three consumer protection lawsuits the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) brought against Sanford for charging rent but failing to maintain its properties and endangering its tenants. It also resolves 32 claims filed by the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia on behalf of individual tenants relating to housing conditions at one Sanford property. Under the terms of the joint agreement, Sanford will be required to return rent paid by tenants at three properties located in Wards 5, 7, and 8, pay the District a penalty, and continue divesting from all their properties in the District as required by a previous settlement. Read More
I am writing to see if there is an existing warning list or something similar for terrible landlords We just moved out of a row home where the landlord was excessively rude (calling us “little girls” or a “waste of time” when asking for the landlord to look at issues in the house), was a pain to get to fix defunct heaters in the winter, neglected to fix leaks, or update decades old appliances that damaged our clothes. It ultimately took him a full month to get our security deposit back past the 45 day deadline, because his first check bounced which he blamed on USPS (!?!?). Read More
I live in a building on 16th Street, NW. I’ve lived here for the past two years in a studio apartment on the first floor. During my time here, I’ve realized that the landlords are slumlords of a truly spectacular caliber. There are serious problems with many tenants in this building who treat the entire building and surrounding grounds as their personal property, with no concern whatsoever for the general comfort, well-being, or cleanliness of the shared spaces. This is a large building (8 stories) with numerous units, and the management is well aware of these people who do, among other things, the following: Read More
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The A/C in my large downtown D.C. apartment building has been out for nearly a week–and it could still be several days before it’s fixed.
While our building is working hard to restore it, this is not the first time we’ve dealt with A/C maintenance issues this summer, and there seems to be little accountability amid rising rents. It may be time to form a tenants’ association. Read More
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I’m curious if any of your readers have knowledge when it comes to tenants’ rights and AC. My apartment building was unable to provide air conditioning for the entire month of May, couldn’t/wouldn’t provide status updates, and inside temperatures reached the high 80s on numerous occasions. During the outage, they said they would provide tenants with information on rent abatement, then recently notified us that they discussed it and would not be providing any rent abatement with no explanation provided. Read More
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I saw a recent post from a landlord asking for help from the community so I thought I would follow up and ask the community about withheld security deposit from the renter.
Currently in a dispute with my landlord over $300. He is withholding $250 for the basement carpet that he says is damaged and needs a steam clean and sections need to be replaced. Even though I lived in the house for three years and steam cleaned it once a year. So does DC define how often carpet needs to be replaced? I also know the carpet has not been replaced in at least 5 years as a friend lived in the house before me. Read More
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Tenants recently moved out of my house in DC. I inspected the property two days after they moved out, and everything seemed in order. Because they had just bought a house, I wanted to be nice to them and return their deposit asap, which I did right after the inspection. Three days later, I moved back into the house and discovered the washing machine gasket was covered in mold and hair. I know to expect some mold in the gasket, but this went beyond normal wear and tear. Three days of trying everything (Concorbium, bleach, baking soda paste, etc…) has done nothing to remove the smell or the mold stains. Read More