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DC Council clarifies tenant rights regarding the lease

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The “Residential Lease Clarification Amendment Act of 2016” (DC Law 21-210, effective February 18, 2017) addresses a number of legal concerns that tenants commonly raise pertaining to the rental agreement. The Act clarifies rental housing law in a number of lease-related areas, including landlord access to the rental unit; the “landlord duty to mitigate damages”; subletting restrictions; the “ordinary wear and tear” limitation on security deposit deductions; mandatory fees for services and facilities in rent-controlled units; and the time period required for a tenant’s notice of intent to vacate.

View the OTA fact sheet “What you need to know about ‘The Residential Lease Amendment Act of 2016’”.