DC Renters Rights – A Quick Overview
Washington D.C is one of the most populated cities in the U.S. and it is also home to one of the largest tenant populations in the U.S. Tenants in Washington D.C. should be aware of their DC Renters Rights in order to be able to protect themselves against abuse or neglect by the landlord. The sad reality is that most of the renters in Washington D.C. usually have a very minimal knowledge about their DC Renters Rights. This article will allow a renter or tenant in D.C. to become more familiar with at least some of the most important DC Renters Rights.
Security deposits – DC Renters Rights – DC Renters Rights laws dictate that the maximum permissible security deposit that can be charged is an amount that should not exceed the equivalent of one month’s rent. DC Renters Rights will also make it eligible for a tenant to receive a refund of their security deposit within a period of 45 days after they have evicted an apartment or rental property, assuming that they are leaving with due notice. Also, DC Renters Rights will allow a tenant to receive a refund of the security deposit plus any accrued interest that might have collected on the security deposit while it was deposited in a bank. DC Renters Rights will require that a landlord deposit the security deposit amount into an interest bearing account.
Landlords may make reasonable deductions to the security deposit refund if they have to pay for repair expenses in the apartment that were directly caused by the tenant’s usage. However, it is illegal for a landlord to charge expenses related to normal wear and tear.
Eviction procedures – DC Renters Rights – After security deposits, eviction clauses are probably the most disputed item in a rental agreement for tenants residing in Washington D.C. According to DC Renters Rights guidelines, any eviction process should begin with a notice of eviction that will be followed by a court hearing. DC Renters Rights will allow a tenant to contest the eviction case while it is in court. An eviction notice will have to be hand served by the landlord according to DC Renters Rights guidelines. However, the landlord may post the notice on the rental property if he or she is not able to hand over the eviction notice personally though they will also have to follow this up with a notice issued through the mail. If a landlord wants to evict a tenant to personally use the property after the end of a lease, DC Renters Rights will allow the tenant to seek at least a 90 day notice of eviction from the landlord.
Responsibilities of the landlord – DC Renters Rights – DC Renters Rights will allow a tenant to expect a rental property in Washington D.C. to have at least two electrical outlets in a room, two working lights, a fire extinguisher, a fire alarm system as well as a clear fire exit. In addition to these safety requirements, DC Renters Rights will also allow a tenant to demand a property that has heat, electricity, running water and also a property that is clean, sanitary and free of any pest infestations.