The D.C. Council passed emergency legislation last week that provides for eviction records to be sealed after 30 days when eviction is not granted, and after three years when a tenant is evicted. The legislation is part of a package to limit the long term impacts of eviction, which limits the use of prior evictions for landlords deciding whether to rent to tenants and calls for the fee to file an eviction with the court to be raised.
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Three rental assistance programs, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program and the DHCD Rental Assistance program still have funds available for tenants. With these funds, as well as further action, the District hopes to prevent an eviction surge post-pandemic.
Landlords cannot provide eviction notices to tenants until the current eviction moratorium expires, the D.C. Council decided Sept. 22.
Organizers and D.C. residents made noise outside At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds’s house and gave speeches about the need for rent cancellation for D.C. residents.
The DC Tenant Union organized strikes in a dozen apartment buildings across the city to urge the council to cancel rent in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of the racial justice collective Freedom Fighters D.C. began to sit in at the plaza in protest of the mayor’s proposed police budget. Hundred joined them over the course of two days.
Proposed funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program in fiscal year 2021 has decreased by $15,000 compared to what was approved this year.
Local tenants who have been withholding rent since December describe the myriad problems with their apartments, including mold, bedbugs, leaks and broken heaters.
After local tenants withheld their rent to demand repairs, their landlord sent them eviction notices. A rally was held the morning of their court date.
Brookland Manor residents keep on fighting the possible displacement they face with upcoming redevelopment.
Since 2015, the D.C. Department of Human Services has decreased the number of families in its care by over 40 percent.
Hundreds of D.C. tenants gathered on July 20 to elect a board for the first city-wide tenant union in years and share organizing strategies to preserve affordable housing.
A new eviction policy bill aimed at promoting a second chance for tenants with eviction records could decrease mass eviction filings by mandating a 30-day notice from landlords.
IjahQueen Is Peniel is losing her housing voucher following three years of poor living conditions and struggling to pay rent. She believes a paperwork error led her to fall behind on her rent and not have her lease renewed. Now she must try and find new housing without the subsidy from the state.
Three eviction bills, some benefiting landlords and some benefiting tenants, were debated by landlords, tenants and advocates at a Sept. 24 D.C. Council hearing. Councilmember Anita… Read more »
Residents of once-Sanford Capital owned properties are being sued for back pay following divestment of the low-income real estate firm’s assets to a receivership group.
Eviction companies are still illegally paying the homeless below minimum wages to put out other people on the street. Street Sense editor reported his first hand experience on an eviction truck. Reprinted with permission from Washington CityPaper.
District residents facing eviction or shelter termination may soon have access to free legal services in landlord-tenant court