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“Dear PoPville,

I live in a privately owned condo unit (I rent from the landlord). For about 48 hours now there has been no hot water.

I promptly informed the landlord of the issue and he let me know he would investigate the issue right away. About 24 hours later he sent us an email from the building manager Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

When we moved into our last home we provided our landlord with all the information to transfer DC Water over to our new account. They never did that and told us not to worry about it (which we have in writing). We interpreted that as, we aren’t paying for water. We never received a bill from them so we assumed that was also their interpretation. Turns out their interpretation was the bill would just stay in their name and they would bill us. Fast forward 12 months and now they’re charging us $1,200 for 12 months of water bills. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

Have you heard anything about when DC apartments can start increasing rent again? I know there was a rent freeze during the pandemic but I’m just wondering if you’ve heard when that may be lifted. My apartment is already emailing me about rent increases but I haven’t heard or seen anything from DC about the freeze stopping. Thanks!!”

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“Dear PoPville,

Our condo landlord notified us they would not be willing to extend the lease beyond the current term (which ends in 75 days). We will have rented for 18 months at termination, have never missed (or been late on payment), nor had any issues. Is this allowable? The landlord did not specify a reason for asking us to leave. I understand there are few exceptions for landlords to ask tenants to leave. Should we ask for a reason?

Appreciate the help in advance.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I live next to a construction site and the noise has become unbearable. The new building is at my units level now and I’m going crazy listening to hammering for 12 hours a day. It’s also weird that the construction workers can look in my one and only window all day unless I keep the curtains closed. Is there any way to get out of this lease early? I can’t live in this dark box anymore.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Was wondering if others have had to deal with the tricky situation of moving out during the pandemic. My landlord (understandably) wants to show the apartment, but also mentioned wanting to do open houses — seriously?

I’ve also offered to make videos, and I’m not wholly opposed to showing for individuals, but was just curious how others have navigated this situation. Read More

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