D.C. Municipal Regulations
Title 14 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations deals with housing issues, including landlord-tenant law. The official website is sluggish and separates the housing section into over 600 separate word documents. For your convenience, we’ve re-assembled DC municipal housing regulations into a single document, available on Google Docs.
Below are unofficial copies of Title 14 (Housing) of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations offered for your convenience, last updated on 6/25/2018. There may be typos, formatting differences, and other errors from the process of transcribing from the original. You should always consult a lawyer and look at the official text of the law.
Google Doc Version: View D.C. Municipal Regulations (DCMR)
Office of Documents and Administrative Issuances: View D.C. Municipal Regulations (DCMR)
The D.C. Code covers select aspects of D.C. housing law. Notably, the Tenant’s Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) is located in the D.C. Code.
State and Local Laws
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Documenting the Problem
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