by Barbara Cline
This Saturday, I will be attending the 6th Annual Tenant & Tenant Association Summit at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University.
I encourage all renters – whether renting an apartment, condo, co-op or room(s) in a private home – to attend as well, because many renters are unaware of their many legal rights.
In 2009, at my very first Summit, I learned we were eligible to apply for the rent control provision that entitles the elderly or disabled to lower annual rent increases. As of this August we have already saved over one thousand dollars in rent.
One of the best tools I ever picked up at the Summit is the DC Tenant Bill of Rights (PDF) – a compilation of laws regarding security deposits, building conditions, leases, quiet enjoyment, disclosure of information, eviction and relocation assistance.
This year’s Summit features a DC Tenant Rights 101 workshop from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Registration, parking and lunch are all FREE.
To register and see the entire preliminary schedule – click here.