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Evolving Landlord-Tenant Law

Posted by Hannah Moore on Apr 1, 2017 6:00:00 AM
Hannah Moore

Landlord - Tenant law is always changing and evolving. As a property manager or owner, it is important to make sure you know what changes affect you and ensure that you continue operating in compliance with these laws.

Effective December 30th 2016, important changes were made to the way landlords can assess and collect late fees in the District of Columbia. The “Rental Housing Late Fee Fairness Amendment Act of 2016” states that housing providers can no longer deduct any amount of a late fee from a subsequent rent payment nor can they include any late fees in an eviction proceeding. The law allows the housing provider to issue an invoice to the tenant for the late fees, and if they remain unpaid after 30 days, the amount can be deducted from the security deposit.

Beginning in January 2017, this law does not allow for late fees to be included in any non-payment case or eviction proceeding and imposes significant fines if they are. It is also important to make sure that you do not utilize rent payments to clear outstanding late fees when you apply payments to your ledgers.

Here at ClickNotices, we constantly review the regulatory landscape to ensure that we process all filings in compliance with the relevant jurisdictional law. Our expert team removes the need for you to stay up-to-date on Landlord–Tenant law so you can rest easy knowing that we have the knowledge and experience necessary to navigate the legal requirements for all filings.

For more information, the full version of this amendment can be viewed here.