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. […]
Welcome Forest Hills high-risers! We are a vital and diverse community of 31 high-rises, consisting of 18 apartment buildings, 10 condominiums and 3 cooperatives. 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.
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 […]
by Barbara Cline Connecticut Avenue Northwest from Porter Street to Nebraska Avenue* has 43 multi-unit residential buildings, and unless you’re in the know, they are largely indistinguishable. Is that building a condo, a co-op or an apartment building? And if it is an apartment building – is it rent-controlled or not? Here is what may […]
by Barbara Cline Big news for seniors and disabled renters leasing rent-controlled apartments. On January 29th, the DC Office of the Tenant Advocate announced the 2016 standard rent increase for both groups will be 0% – yes, ZERO – and for only the second time in 35 years. That means no rent increase at all […]