One of the most frequent questions we have received is whether you will be kicked out of your house if you report your landlord or the conditions are your unit. We touched on this before here and here, but the answer is in 99 percent of cases is no. DC has some of the strongest tenant laws in the country and all agencies work hard to avoid having to displace residents for any length of time. But if this is not enough, we understand.
One student who we’ve spoke with several times of the past three weeks had some serious issues in her building, but felt guilty of creating even the slightest chance that her neighbors could be evicted. Here is what she told us:Thanks for your help. I’ve written to the landlord detailing the problems and requesting that he take specific measures. He says he’s going to take care of it this weekend. So, I’ve decided to try to take care of things on my own — mostly because I don’t want to be responsible for the Chinese families’ eviction, since I know if the landlord was pushed to rent to fewer people, they’d be the first to go. If I don’t have any luck with doing this on my own, I’ll be in touch about an inspection. Thanks again for your help. -O
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