Key: Purple stars = Condos; Blue diamonds = Co-ops; Yellow houses = Rent-controlled apartments (built before 1976); Green squares = Non-rent-controlled apartments (built after 1976). (Created by Barbara Cline and Mary Peckiconis)
We have more than 6,700 condo, co-op and apartment units, and she estimates more than 4,000 of those are rental units (the exact number is a moving target as many condos and co-ops are rented out by their owners). Of those, more than 3,000 are rent-controlled units in 18 apartment buildings.
Cline has painstakingly collected this information to help our ANC commissioners get to know their constituents, and to help residents of these buildings know their rights and responsibilities as renters. As such, she has let us know about Renters 101 classes being offered this spring and summer by the District’s Office of the Tenant Advocate.
Topics will include leases, rent increases, rent control, evictions, housing code problems, reasonable accommodations and security deposits. The classes can also be useful to current and future landlords. (Read more about renters’ rights in DC.)
Can’t make it to these classes? The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing has an online copy of the 2013 Washington DC Tenant Survival Guide, Eighth Edition, for download (visit cnhed.org/policy-advocacy/research, scroll down to “Additional Research Information”). The guide includes sections on leases, security deposits, evictions, housing code standards, repairs and renter resources.
Saturday, May 20, Noon
Wednesday, June 28, 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 29, Noon
Wednesday, August 30, 6 p.m.
Office of the Tenant Advocate
The Reeves Center
2000 14th Street, NW – Suite 300N
Washington, DC 20009
For questions, special accommodation requests (at least five days before the training), and to reserve a space, call OTA at 202-719-6560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.