by Barbara Cline Each September for the last nine years I have trekked down to the Kellogg Conference Hotel/Gallaudet University in Ward 5 to attend the DC Office of the Tenant Advocate’s annual Tenant and Tenant Association Summit. The Summit is OTA’s largest outreach event – a key part of its mission to educate the […]
Welcome Forest Hills high-risers! We are a vital and diverse community of 30 (and soon to be 31) high-rises, consisting of 17 apartment buildings, 10 condominiums and 3 cooperatives. And we even have one low-rise garden apartment community in our midst.
- North - Bordered by Nebraska Avenue, includes Archstone Connecticut Heights and the Ellicott House.
- South - Just below Tilden Street, including Sedgwick Gardens and 3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW.
- East - The Archstone Consulate and the entire Van Ness complex representing all three types of high-rises: Van Ness East condominium, Van Ness North cooperative and Archstone Van Ness South apartments.
- West - Yuma Gardens on Yuma Street - our one garden apartment community.
We tried to take it easy over the holidays, but the news about neighbors and neighborhood spots has been coming in nonstop since our last roundup. This is going to be a two-parter, with more “Neighborhood in the News” links tomorrow. DC sues over “rent concessions”: We’ve told you about the practice that has given […]
We’ve been seeing more dog poop on sidewalks and in tree boxes. Have you? Our neighborhood’s dog population has grown as apartment building relax policies to allow these wonderful pets. The plus is the social engagement that dogs bring. The minus is an increase in dog poop that is not being captured by the owner […]
by Barbara Cline A couple moved into their affordable Northwest DC rent-controlled apartment last year to save for their wedding. They understood that DC rent-controlled apartments are restricted to one annual automatic rent increase for inflation. This annual rent increase is also regulated – because it is tied to a formula based on the annual […]
by Barbara Cline Recently I heard from my old neighbor – the same one who lived through my late fees nightmare. She moved out of her apartment this summer. And now she had another problem. She had gone on her apartment move-out inspection with the manager. He assured her that her apartment was “perfect” with […]
by Barbara Cline A renter’s nightmare… I used to have it every month. I worried my rent check would be late – and I would be charged a late fee. This late fee would be unfair, excessive and I could not get rid of it. My nightmare came true last fall – for my neighbor. […]
To the Editor: I am writing on behalf of the DC Office of the Tenant Advocate (OTA) regarding a DC rent control article in the April 24, 2017 edition (“High-Rise Life: 2017 rent increases, and what I did when my rent hike notice arrived early”). Several of your readers have asked the OTA whether it’s […]
From the editors: This piece has sparked quite a conversation – among readers and District officials. The Office of the Tenant Advocate differs with this take on how rent-controlled landlords may apply last year’s 0% rent increase for seniors and those with disabilities. Read its response here. We’d also like to note that Barbara is […]
A year ago, High-Rise Life writer Barbara Cline created a neighborhood map of the many multi-unit housing options we have in our neighborhood, as defined by the borders of ANC 3F. Key: Purple stars = Condos; Blue diamonds = Co-ops; Yellow houses = Rent-controlled apartments (built before 1976); Green squares = Non-rent-controlled apartments (built after […]
by Barbara Cline I recently toured a new apartment building. Everything about it was stunning – its rooftop terrace and pool with a sundeck, its fitness center and resident club room. I briefly considered leaving my rent-controlled frill-less apartment for this renter’s paradise. And then I ran the numbers. My two bedroom, two bath, 1,250-square-foot […]