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1. First, check if your landlord has a business license If they don't, you have a ton of power. Renting without a business license can result in the landlord receiving a $1000 to $3000 fine on average for a first time offender (DC is harsh!). If the landlord is refusing to make a repair that costs $500, it's a no-brainer to point out these fines. If they try to raise your rent, you can refuse to pay the increase - it's illegal to raise the rent without a business license. Basically, your rights as a tenant expand ten-fold if they are renting without a license. Check here. 2. Housing inspections are typically the best answer If you're already fighting with your landlord or the problems are severe, calling a housing inspection is probably the best answer. It's free, relatively fast [...]