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 […]
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.
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 […]
by Shirley Adelstein ANC Commissioner, SMD 3F02 Please join me for a community meeting on rent concessions with Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Anita Bonds! The meeting will be hosted by the Van Ness South Tenant Association on Thursday, October 13, at 8 p.m. in the first floor community room at 3003 Van Ness Street NW. […]
We’ve written extensively at Forest Hills Connection about rent control: How DC apartment buildings built prior to 1976 are generally subject to laws limiting the frequency and amount of rent increases. How to know if you are in a rent-controlled unit. How, regardless of income, anyone aged 62-plus OR the disabled (any age) can apply […]
Our High-Rise Life writer Barbara Cline has been busy mapping the many multi-unit housing options we have in our neighborhood, which only scratches the surface of data she has painstakingly collected over months – even years. For example, she has figured out we have more than 6,700 condo, co-op and apartment units in the area […]