October 1 signals a new fiscal year for most government entities. Washington, DC is no different. Recently, the DC Housing Providers Association held a critical meeting stating all of the major law changes for those who are landlords. Take a look at the excerpt from the president of the organization, Karrisa Span.
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Thank you to everyone who came out for our September’s DC Housing Providers’ Association meeting. It was well attended with standing room only. As promised, I wanted to provide you with material discussed at the meeting.
See below links to the DC City Council websites to view the new and proposed changes. Additionally, there are attachments included which covers the service and assistance animals as well as the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Infraction Fine Increase Amendment Act 2017.
Carbon Monixide / Smoke Detector (DCRA)
DC City Council Property Manager Licensing Act & Memorandum
Effective October 1, 2017 – You can not ask in writing or verbally about an applicant’s criminal background as part of the application process. Now is a great time to remove it from your applications. Please don’t forget, you will get fined if you’re found guilty of violating the law.
** This is just a reminder that if you are having difficulty with making sure that your rental property meet the requirements by either the DC Housing Authority and/or DC Government, please contact me so that we can assist with getting you the help you need. There are a lot of resources and professionals available to help you.
We look forward to seeing each of your next month for our October’s meeting which will be held on October 18, 2017
at 6:00pm. Representatives from Round Comb
will be joining us to provide a demonstration of their tenant rating platform. If you have not heard of this company, please go online and check them out. Their web site address is www.RoundComb.com.
Additionally, we we have a landlord and tenant attorney joining us. This will be important to come out and ask questions while the attorney is available to speak to you FOR FREE. I am committed to helping you all get the help you need to become better housing providers (where possible).