01 Sep 2017


Living On The Hill: Landlords and Tenants

Whether you are new to the Hill or simply trying to remember what resources are available to you, we are here to help! Please enjoy and share our Living on the Hill guides, intended to help you find everything you need while visiting or living on Capitol Hill. We love to be a resource to our neighbors, so please send us a note through social media or to info@thehillishome.com if you have suggestions for additional guides.

Landlords and Tenants:

DC has some of the strongest renters’ rights laws in the country. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) ensures safe housing by overseeing rental housing standards, and the Department of Housing and Community Development deals with rent control administration. The District of Columbia Housing Code and the Rental Housing Act of 1985 regulate private residential rental property. The landlord must keep the property clean, safe, and heated, while the tenant must keep the unit safe and presentable.

To see all of the many regulations for rental property conditions, visit the DCRA website.

If you have a problem as a tenant, call the Office of the Tenant Advocate at 202-719-6560.

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