thisshouldbeillegal.com‘s soft launch was featured on the popular blog DCist.com on Tuesday and the site has received over 600 hits in the past 24 hours. We appreciate everyone’s comments and willingness to help us make the city’s rental properties safer. We will officially kick-off this blog and other online communications next week.
One important issue raised is whether alerting the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs could lead to you being kicked out of your apartment. Our goal is to make sure your off-campus housing is safe. Only in the most extreme cases – less than one percent over the past three years – have inspections lead to the complete closure of any building. Once landlords are clear on the penalties they face, most voluntarily comply with the law by obtaining a basic business license and putting their property through a proper inspection. Here is a list of housing violations we were able to convince landlords to fix or that we fixed ourselves. Contacting us does make a difference.
Again, to see if your landlord is licensed, click here.