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Post Express Reports on Victory by Marc Borbely, '08 for Tenants

Friday, December 11, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Washington, DC - Congrats to alum Marc Borbely, '08, both for his quick victory on behalf of a tenant, and for its reporting in the Washington Post Express newspaper!

According to the Post Express, Ready to Rent section article by Sara Schwartz entitled, Exercise your rights: It’s easier than you might think for tenants to navigate the law"Paul, an IMAX projectionist (he asked that his last name not be used), has lived in his apartment in Adams Morgan since the ’80s.

This year, he received a letter informing him that his rent would increase by $300. At the bottom of the letter was a rent control exemption number. Realizing he wouldn’t be able to afford the new rate, Paul contacted the D.C. Tenants’ Rights Center, a private law firm that provides affordable advocacy for D.C. tenants.

They found that the property was subject to rent control, and that the increase was unlawful. When presented with the law, the property management company actually had to roll back some prior increases. So Paul’s rent, instead of going up $300, went down about $130.

Marc Borbely, founder of the D.C. Tenants’ Rights Center, says in Paul’s case, the landlord was claiming an exemption from rent control that only applies when an individual owns the apartment. Paul’s apartment is owned by a trust. Through April, landlords who own properties covered by rent control are not permitted to request rent increases larger than 3.5 percent (or 1.5 percent for tenants who are elderly or have a disability). Paul’s rent increases also weren’t being reported to the city, which is required for rent-controlled apartments and houses. trust. Through April, landlords who own properties covered by rent control are not permitted to request rent increases larger than 3.5 percent (or 1.5 percent for tenants who are elderly or have a disability). Paul’s rent increases also weren’t being reported to the city, which is required for rent-controlled apartments and houses trust."

Another of Marc's D.C. Tenants' Rights Center cases, one on lead paint abatement rules, was also highlighted in the article.

 



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