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Let's Talk Rent Control: Top 4 Paperwork Rules to Understand


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The District of Columbia's rent control law not only sets limits on the amount and frequency of rent increases. It also has a host of rules that housing providers must follow—and tenants should understand to best protect their rights. Foru of those rules rules include the registration and licensing of a “housing accommodation”; disclosures to prospective, new and existing tenants; and the circumstances under which a housing provider can give tenants notices to vacate a property.

This workshop by the Rental Accommodations Division (RAD) of the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will explain these requirements in detail:

Registration: Which housing accommodations need to register; what documents are required; how does registration relate to whether a housing accommodation is subject to rent control; and what are the important differences between registration and licensing.
Licensing: The two-step process that must be followed; what documents are required; how DHCD and the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs coordinate the licensing process; and when a housing inspection is necessary.
Disclosures: The requirements for prospective, new and existing tenants; form preparation and filing procedures; and penalties when a landlord violates the rules.
Notices to Vacate: Types of notices; forms and filing requirements; due process notice rules; relocation assistance; and procedures to follow when a tenant and landlord violate procedures.

The workshop’s goal: To help property owners, leasing agents, property managers— as well as prospective and current tenants—understand these issues and get their questions answered.

Note: For a reasonable accommodation or interpretation, please contact (202) 442-7251 or pamela.hillsman@dc.gov five days before the event.

Hope to see you there!

This workshop is just one example of the comprehensive housing resources that the District government provides to residents. See rootstoroofsdc.com for more information on other programs, events, and information.