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Displacement Busters!

Friday, February 14, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Congrats to Professor Ed Allen and the students of the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law Housing Clinic, whose arguments on procedural omissions and due process violations were validated by a recent 14 page decision.  As a result of the ruling, the Clinic was able to undo a 31% rent increase, which has been in effect for a year, in a twenty-five unit, Columbia Heights building. Total monthly savings per unit is about $250. Total savings for all units for the year is about $80,000!
 
According to Clinic Director, Allen, "Once the agency corrects the due process/procedural transgressions, we expect to win on the merits based on a nifty but esoteric argument entailing the misrepresentation of encumbrances on the property.  Far as we know, no one has successfully made these arguments before. The due process argument should extinguish a 70% increase—at least for a year-- in another building we represent on ninth street.  Law Student Katye Blevins’s (photo at left) motion and argument brought home the earlier work of many able prior students."



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