It's been a good month in DC if you are a landlord with a live writ of eviction for your tenant. The Marshal's Office is caught up on the backlog of evictions and writs are being executed extremely quickly. That's great news for cases where eviction is inevitable but if the landlord is hoping to be paid this fast moving process can prevent landlords from getting money they might have gotten if the process had taken a little longer. Landlords have to decide if waiting is a good risk.
Unfortunately because winter is coming fast the eviction process can slow to a crawl any day so putting off an eviction is a huge risk. No residential evictions can be done in DC if there is a 50% or greater chance of precipitation is forecasted or if weather forecast calls for temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit over the next 24. That means when we get into late fall and winter evictions will stop except for the occasional warm clear day. That will create a backlog and landlords can wait for months to evict a tenant.
For now, when you file your writ make sure you are ready with your eviction crew because when the Marshal's Office to say you are scheduled for the following day, you can take advantage of the good weather.
The next OTA stakeholder meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The topic will be hardship petitions and the effect on rent control. Stakeholder meetings are held in the OTA conference room located in Suite 300N of the Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street NW.
Hardship petitions allow owners of buildings that would otherwise be under rent control to increase the rent to keep up with expenses. The process is long and complex. It's also controversial. This should be an interesting conversation. Landlords, owners, realtors, and property managers are certainly stakeholders in this process so if you have time to be present this is a good opportunity to be heard.