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“Dear PoPville,

I moved out of DC in January for school – I did not break my lease, had all of my housemates confirm, and also tried to replace my vacancy (set up two CL postings, forwarded responses to the housemates, etc.). For a couple months now I’ve been trying to get my security deposit back but to no avail. The landlord/rental company has said they aren’t responsible for it but the housemates are refusing to return my deposit. I’ve contacted OAT but wanted to see what are other avenues to consider. This whole situation sucks because I don’t wanna screw the old housemates over (plus small claims court sounds exhausting) but also I need that money!”

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Speaking of the Heat

“Dear PoPville,

My building cut off our AC last week and with today’s high at 82, my apartment has been unbearably hot. Last night the thermostat read 78 at 10pm. Do DC renters have any options to file a legal complaint?

An updated reading from this morning. (80 degrees)”

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Photo by Diane Krauthamer

“Dear PoPville,

I live in a large apartment complex near the DC wharf. We have been told by the building’s management that due to COVID we are not allowed to have guests – even in our own apartments! Is this even legal? Can they restrict us from having people over, even when those guests are wearing masks as they enter the property? This large building isn’t full and the leasing office has guests (strangers) visit daily (wearing masks) who tour the property with the intent to lease. How is management allowed guests and paying residents aren’t. I don’t think they can legally restrict us but I was hoping someone might have some insight into this.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Local colleges have gone remote for the most part for the fall, so many students are not planning to return to dc anytime soon. A student tenant, who is not returning for fall, recently stop paying his share of rent for a group house. He has been trying to find someone to take over his responsibilities for the lease, without much luck. I am curious if and how other landlords may be dealing with similar student tenant issues, since there are a lot of colleges in DC. Thank you.”

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Photo by Geoff Livingston

“Dear PoPville,

During my 10+ years living in DC, I have handled my monthly water and sewer usage a number of different ways: no charge (apartment pays it); directly billed with DC Water; and via a formula, referred to as RUBS where essentially the building receives a bill and divvys it out amongst residents via a formula. No matter how I’ve been billed, the cost was so nominal that I never cared to investigate how or why I was being charged the way that I was – on average, anywhere between $15-25 per person for both sewer and water.

All that has changed. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

I live in a high-rise “luxury” building in NW, less than 3 years old. My roommate and I were the first people to live in our unit.

In May, we noticed a minor bug problem, and called maintenance. Since then we’ve discovered we have a huge cockroach infestation. At the worst point we were killing 20+ full-sized roaches in a day. Now we see only a few a week, but they persist.

I have had to plead with our building to send out pest control multiple times, and they’ve now been out 7 times, and done an entire apartment spray 3 times where they spray the baseboards. Read More

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Photo by Tim Brown

“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I are moving out of our current apartment and, as per our lease, had to give 60 days’ notice. Our landlords indicated they intend to pretty immediately list and start showing the apartment, while we are still in it. Now, we have never had landlords try to show an apartment we were still living in, though I know this is their right and is not entirely uncommon. While normally it would just be inconvenient, during a global pandemic, it’s pretty scary to envision strangers tromping through our apartment where we both work and live (and are basically at home 24/7 these days!) and it also feels particularly pointless because I think the odds of people seeing our increasingly messy and cluttered apartment as we ourselves prepare to move out will not be particularly appealing to any potential future renters. On top of everything, I am also pregnant, which my landlords are aware of (and apparently do not care). Read More

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Photo by Victoria Pickering

From the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia:

“Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced that Castle Management and other defendants, which owned and managed the Forest Ridge and The Vista Apartment complexes (398 units) in Ward 8, will pay $3.5 million to settle a lawsuit over dangerous and deplorable conditions at its properties. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) alleged the property owner forced hundreds of tenants to live with vermin infestations, water damage and mold, no fire safety systems, and security defects that led to persistent gun violence. Separately, OAG resolved a lawsuit against the owner of Good Hope Laundromat requiring it to address persistent gun and drug nuisances at the property and pay penalties to the District. In a third settlement, the landlord and management of a Ward 4 apartment building accused of misrepresenting its apartments as safe and habitable despite ongoing housing code violations is required to substantially renovate the property, prove its properties are compliant with D.C. housing laws for future rentals, pay $50,000 in combined civil penalties, and implement an employee Housing Code training. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

I got this email from my property. Vague accusations and tone are concerning. Also property is declaring ALL forms of medical marijuana a violation of lease and also encouraging residents to report each other for suspected violations.

Is this legal? Is this the norm policy for private property owners in dc?

They are encouraging residents to police each other and threatening lease violations (eviction) during a pandemic. Very tone deaf and disappointing.”

Twelve12 – Smoking Policy Letter: Read More

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