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Rent Ceilings

Dorchester House Associates Limited Partnership v. DC Rental Housing Commission [PDF], 938 A.2nd 696(2008)-Rental Housing Commission could require the Rent Administrator to make a finding that owner’s rent-controlled apartment building was in substantial compliance with the housing code before approving a rent ceiling adjustment.

Carillon House Tenants’ Association v. DC Rental Housing Commission [PDF], 793A.2nd 461(2002) - A residential landlord is entitled to recover, through a rent ceiling surcharge, the total interest expense for a capital improvement loan obtained by the landlord, even if the loan term exceeds the 96-month amortization period for the surcharge.

Kapusta v. DC Rental Housing Commission [PDF], 704 A. 2nd 286 (1997) - Rental Housing Act is designed to stabilize rents and in establishing rent ceilings commands that violator shall be held liable for the amount by which the entire amount of money demanded, received or charged exceeds the applicable rent ceiling.

Lenkin Co., Management, Inc., v. DC Rental Housing Commission [PDF], 642 A.2nd 1282 (1994)-Landlord, after filing petition for rent ceiling increase for proposed improvements, must wait 60 days for administrator’s decision before commencing improvements to rental property.

Columbia Realty Venture v. DC Rental Housing Commission [PDF], 590 A.2nd 1043 (1991) - Rental Housing Commission erred in failing to require landlord which sought increase in rent ceilings for capital improvements to present proof that all necessary permits had been obtained.

Sawyer v. DC Rental Housing Commission [PDF], 877 A.2nd 96 (2005) - Under the rent control laws, the principal protection for tenants are the imposition of a rent ceiling and the prohibition against upward adjustment of that ceiling except on specifically enumerated grounds.

Winchester Van Buren Tenants Association v. DC Rental Housing Commission [PDF], 550 A.2nd 51 (1988) – Although statute prohibiting implementation of rent adjustment until 180 days have elapsed since any prior adjustment prohibits more than one increase in actual rent charged within 180-day period, it does not preclude single rent increase based on two separate permissible upward adjustments of rent ceiling.