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Attorney Fees

Hampton Courts Tenants’ Association v. DC Rental Housing Commission [PDF], 573 A.2nd 10 (1990) – A presumptive award of attorney fees created by the attorney fee provision of the Rental Housing Act applies to prevailing tenants in both tenant-initiated and landlord-initiated proceedings.

Hampton Courts Tenants’ Association v. DC Rental Housing Commission [PDF] , 599 A.2nd 1113 (1991) – Rental Housing Commission could require tenants’ association to provide more documentation in support of attorney fee request than itemization of hours claimed specifying dates work was performed, general nature of services, and total time spent, even if itemization was of type traditionally used in legal profession.

Tenants of 500 23rd Street, NW v. DC Rental Housing Commission [PDF], 617 A.2nd 486 (1992) – Attorney fees may be assessed in favor of prevailing housing provider when litigation of tenants is frivolous, unreasonable, or without foundation, or is continued after clearly becoming so, even though tenants do not bring litigation in subjective bad faith.

Tenants of 500 23rd Street, NW v. DC Rental Housing Commission [PDF], 585 A.2nd 1330 (1991) – Prevailing tenants are entitled to presumptive award of attorney fees in action under Rental Housing Act.

Alexander v. DC Rental Housing Commission [PDF], 542 A.2nd 359 (1988) – There is a presumption in favor of award of attorney fees to successful attorney pro se tenant in Rental Housing Act disputes, and standard to be used in determining such fee awards are those listed for consideration in determining appropriate award under statutory grant.