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D.C. Can't Account for Repair Dollars

POSTED: 10:35 AM ET, 08/14/2008 by The Editors

The Post's Debbie Cenziper for months has been writing about how D.C. landlords forced tenants out of rental buildings in recent years so they could be converted to condominiums. The city government often ignored complaints from renters, who said the landlords were letting their buildings fall into dangerous disrepair, sometimes without heat or water.

Today, Cenziper reports that the city can't say exactly how it has spent a $30 million repair fund meant to improve dangerous properties. Only a fraction of the money has gone to repairs, and much of that went to fix empty buildings. Now, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, which oversees the fund, is struggling to answer City Council questions about where the money has gone.

After a series of stories Cenziper wrote in March with the Post's Sarah Cohen, the D.C. Attorney General sued 23 landlords at buildings with serious violations and asked D.C. Superior Court to declare more than a dozen properties public nuisances.

By The Editors |  August 14, 2008; 10:35 AM ET D.C. Landlords , D.C. Region
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dc government is suing landlords for apartments in disrepair;well I live in a DCHA unit that is in dispair,ceilings that are falling and walls that are peeling. I know there are housing code violations. I live in the area near the new ballpark so they are fixing the outside yards and entrances but the inside conditions are atrocious. So I ask who are governing the buildings DCHA rents.

Posted by: shirleyhill | August 14, 2008 11:23 AM

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