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Tenants Should Assert Rights During COVID-19 Crisis, Advocates Say

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

While the D.C. Council and the mayor have instituted measures to protect renters in the District during the COVID-19 crisis, tenants should be vigilant in protecting their rights, a housing advocate and legal practitioner said.

The council passed legislation on March 17 that prohibits evictions and late fees for renters while the state of emergency and the public health state of emergency exists. In supplemental legislation, rent increases for all residential properties during the emergency and 30 days afterward are also prohibited…..

The District’s Department of Housing and Community Development also has a rental assistance program where a tenant will be eligible for up to $600 a month based on income for a minimum of six months and up to two years based on financial need and available funds, according to the coronavirus.dc.gov website.

Washington Informer/WI Web Staff

 

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