Eviction cases in the District of Columbia are governed by strict procedural rules that often confuse litigants trying to enforce their rights. For Landlords and property owners this can be confusing and seem to cause endless delay in the most unreasonable situations. Perhaps we should start with a quick overview:
Form 1A cases: These cases are for nonpayment of rent that ask for possession and also can ask for money damages. There is a need to properly serve a Notice to Correct of Quit unless the lease specifically waives the requirement. The service rules for notices are complex. These cases can lead to what is called a redeemable judgment where the court will issue a Translux order for payment requirements. A writ of restitution is then needed after the Translux form is filed in order to have the marshals oversee an eviction process that is setup by the Landlord who brings a reasonable team to move personal belongings of the former tenant.
Form 1B cases: Tenants often violate terms of a lease other than just not paying the rent. These are called lease violations. This form is the one that is used for these types of cases. An example is that in some cases the tenants are obligated to pay the utilities on a property and fail to do so. Failure to pay property taxes is a common claim in breach of a commercial lease on real property. These cases can also involve foreclosure cases where there is no lease on the property as well. These cases can lead to a non-redeemable judgment meaning there is no need to provide a notice to the tenant of a final amount owed which can be paid to avoid eviction.
Form 1C cases: These cases are ones that involve both non-payment of rent as well as lease violations. Cases that involve lease violations, where a notice to cure or quit is required, must be served upon the Rental Accommodations Division (RAD) of the government in the District of Columbia. The affidavits of service and rules of service which allow posting in these cases are very specific. There must be at least two attempts to personally serve a tenant prior to posting being allowed concerning the eviction notice and copies must be mailed to the tenant and also served upon RAD.
Form 1S: Every case must have a properly filled out summons to be initiated
WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?
That is why you call the Law Offices of Paul D. Hunt, PLLC. We always offer free consultations to get you on the right track.
We haven’t even started talking about Licensing for Rental Units with RAD inspection requirements, Bell Hearings, Drayton Hearings……. It just seems to go on and on.
As the Landlord you face the reality of having to deal with these issues under DC law while you try to make fruitful and reasonable use of your asset. This is met by tenants who use Jury Trial Demands and free lawyers like Law Students in Court to delay and obfuscate in a jurisdiction known to make things easy on tenants who do not pay and violate leases.
Washington DC Evictions as a Landlord
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