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Tenant Resources

Verify Your Landlord Is Licensed

If you are renting, the owner/landlord is required to be properly licensed.  Prior to signing your lease or moving in, ask the landlord for their Basic Business License Number and Verify the License information.  The verification site will only show those licenses that are Active.  If you don’t have the exact license number you can also search by your rental address (i.e. Business Address) or the License Category.  Rentals will generally fall under the License Categories of either Apartment, One Family, or Two Family. Check the Basic Business License Category Information for other housing categories that may be applicable.  If you can’t find the license information, call (202)442-4400 for assistance.  

Tenant Rights

Your landlord is required to provide an apartment, building or single family dwelling in a safe, habitable and livable condition, thus your landlord has a duty to make all repairs necessary to meet that standard.  Some of the most common standards your landlord has to provide are listed in the How to Report Suspected Housing Violation information sheet (Page 2).  If you want more information you can request a copy of the current DC Housing Code at (202) 442-4400.

DC Housing Code Standards

District of Columbia laws require your landlord to provide apartments that are in a safe, habitable and livable condition. The landlord has a duty to make all repairs necessary to make buildings and apartments habitable. DC law also requires landlords to maintain buildings and apartments according to many established standards, including the Housing Code Standards.

View the DC Housing Code Standards

File a Compliant

In following the guidelines on Page 1 of the How to Report Suspected Housing Violation information sheet report your suspected housing violations to the property manager directly. If the issues are not addressed or resolved within ten days, then you need to report your complaint directly to DCRA.  To schedule an inspection call (202) 442-9557 or email your complaint to dcra.housingcomplaints@dc.gov.  If using email, please include your name, property address, phone number and a summary of your issues.  You may also contact the Office of the  Tenant Advocate (OTA) for assistance and more tenant resources information, ota.dc.gov

Notify Your Neighbor of Construction

DCRA has implemented a new "safe & simple" tool that allows residents to upload construction documents and plans for adjacent neighbors.

Although Neighbor Notification letters give notice of construction to adjacent properties, they are not a tool to reject, hold, or delay a private property owner from performing work on their property.

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New University and College Off-Campus Rental Property Resources

Ensuring that student off-campus housing is safe for District students is a priority for the District of Columbia. The objective of the DCRA University Off-Campus Housing Initiative is to ensure that all rental properties meet basic housing code requirement set by District of Columbia law.

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Childcare Permitting and Regulations

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE) Access to Quality Child Care Expansion Grant (AQCCE), also known as A2Q Grant, provides capital and capacity building support for the expansion of new infant and toddler spaces in the District. The grant aims to increase the supply of child care services in the District for infants and toddlers by 1,000 new slots by September 2020.

Applicants must intend to expand their current space or open a new center to be considered an eligible grantee.

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