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Bowser Administration Launches New Tool to Help District Renters Check Housing Violations

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, through the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), announced a new tool aimed at helping District renters. Using DCRA’s Landlord Violations Tool, prospective tenants can check to see if a landlord has any outstanding, unaddressed housing violations.

“With this new, free resource, we’re arming District renters with critical information about landlords before they ever sign a lease,” said DCRA Director Ernest Chrappah. “If a landlord has several unaddressed housing violations, you may want to think twice about moving in there.”

To use the tool, simply visit DCRA’s dashboard, click on the “Inspections and Compliance” tab, and then scroll down to the Landlord Violations Tool, where you can enter a property address or the name of a landlord.

The Landlord Violations Tool includes approximately 38,000 housing violations that DCRA has cited landlords for over the last 3 years. Once a landlord has abated a violation, it is removed from the tool’s database.

Some of the most common housing violations include:

  • Failure to correct cracked or loose plaster, holes, decayed wood, water damage/or other defective surface;
  • Failure to maintain windows, skylights, door or frame in sound condition, good repair and weather tight;
  • Failure to maintain all fire and smokestop doors in operable condition;
  • Failure to eliminate and repaint surfaces with peeling, flaking or chipped paint; and
  • Failure to maintain bathtub, shower, lavatory, water closet or kitchen sink in a sanitary, safe working condition.

The Landlord Violations Tool is the latest addition to DCRA’s expansive dashboard, designed to give District residents transparent access to the agency’s data.