An important part of the mission of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) is to maintain a marketplace that is fair to both tenants and landlords. Toward that, DHCA is responsible for inspecting apartment buildings for certain safe housing conditions and promoting tenant rights. Now, through the enactment of Bill 19-15, and with improved resources and authority to do our job, DHCA is ratcheting up our efforts in ways that benefit everybody. Over the next two years, we will be inspecting every apartment building in the County, looking at a percentage of units in each building, and if warranted, inspecting every unit. As always, when we find violations that a landlord has not corrected after DHCA issues an order to do so, we have the option to issue additional notices of violations or to issue citations, and we will inspect again, until corrected. We will be creating an inventory of buildings and the status of each to identify those that require extra attention to remain in compliance.
In addition to a more extensive inspection process, Bill 19-15 includes several other improvements in tenant rights and protections. Those include greater clarity and flexibility with leases, expanded options for DHCA to deal with landlords who do not make mandated repairs in a timely manner, and guarantees of free meeting places to gather and form tenant organizations. Details, additional rights and protections, and resource guides can be found below.
DHCA will continue to add features to this website to provide users with a more interactive experience and tools to show DHCA’s progress in implementing this important legislation.
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