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Abuse of Discretion

Radwan v. DC Rental Housing Commission [PDF], 683 A.2nd 478 (1996) – Commission did not abuse its discretion in denying landlord’s motion to set aside default judgment where landlord failed to proffer any evidence of a defense in its case in chief.

Hampton Courts. Tenants’ Association v. DC Rental Housing Commission [PDF], 599 A.2nd 1113 (1991) – Rental Housing Commission’s requirement that counsel for tenants’ association supply documentation in addition to single letter from prior client and affidavits from colleagues to establish reasonable hourly rate for services was not abuse of discretion.

Mudd v. DC Rental Housing Commission, 546 A.2nd 440 [PDF], (1988) – Assessment of treble damages against managing agent of owner who rented substandard premises to tenant contrary to owner’s direction to sell premises and who failed to correct serious deficiencies in property for eight months was not abuse of discretion under statute permitting award of treble damages for elimination of “related” services to rental premises.

Graham v. Lanier Associates, 19 A.3d 361 (2011) – Court of Appeals reviews the trial court’s decision as to whether to issue a protective order in a possession action brought by a landlord against tenant for nonpayment of rent for abuse of discretion.