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Are You A Property Manager Or Landlord Of DC Residential Rental Property? Are You Aware Of The New Emergency Eviction Legislation?

The DC Council passed emergency legislation at the end of July which modifies the process for residential evictions in the District and establishes new eviction procedures and requirements that must meet before, during and after an eviction.

First, in addition to the previous temperature restrictions, evictions can no longer occur when “precipitation is falling at the location of the rental unit”. This could significantly delay eviction, especially with all of the rainy days we have experienced and are predicted to continue.

The to-be-evicted tenant must be provided notice not less than fourteen (14) days before the actual eviction. There are required methods of notice the housing provider must follow to comply with this requirement. Once the eviction occurs and the landlord changes the locks (at its own expense), it must then again notify the evicted tenant’s emergency contact (if one was provided) of such eviction and include the contact information for a representative of the landlord, as well as the Office of the Chief Tenant Advocate, the United States Marshals Service and the DC Landlord Tenant Court.

This emergency legislation also requires the landlord to store the tenant’s personal property in the rental unit for seven (7) days after the eviction, excluding Sundays and federal holidays. The landlord is required to maintain and exercise “reasonable care” in the storage of the personal property and shall provide access to the unit no fewer than eight (8) continuous hours at a time agreed to by the parties, without requiring payment of rent or service fees. Failure to grant access will entitle the tenant to injunctive relief against the landlord.

This emergency legislation expires on October 24, 2018.


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