Washington DC changes some rules regarding Tenant Rights

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty

New DC Guidelines regarding Tenant Rights

If you have ever helped someone sell a property in the District of Columbia and that home has a tenant, then youknow just how complicated it has become. There are so many guidlines that it can make your head spin, and what started out as an effort to protect tenants has turned into a confusing mess of paperwork, deadlines, and rules that confuse even the best agents.

But DC is trying to make it just a little easier for everyone. Last week, they released some changes in how we are supposed to do things.

Here is a VERY brief overview:

Change 1

The Old Way: The First Right of Refusal needed to be delivered in both Spanish and English regardless if the tenant was Spanish speaking.

The New Way: The First Right of Refusal does NOT need to be delivered in Spanish.

Change 2

The Old Way: A full copy of the contract needed to be delivered to the tenant.

The New Way: Now, Only the terms of the contract have to be delivered, not the contract itself.

For a detailed discussion on the subject please come to the Chevy Chase Office on Friday March, 10 at 12N.  We will be going over the details.

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Comments (3)

Charles Perkins
Charles G. Perkins, CPA - Burien, WA

I can't imagine that this helps the housing market in DC.

Mar 10, 2011 03:10 PM
Darrin Friedman
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty - Allegheny, PA

Nope -- but that is part of the fun LOL

Mar 10, 2011 03:13 PM
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Wished I had known about this. Thanks for sharing Darrin. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Nov 23, 2011 04:14 PM