One of the hardest things to deal with as a DC landlord trying to navigate the court system is the lingo. A judge or an attorney for the tenant might suggest a hearing that you aren't familiar with and it seems daunting. One of those is an accounting hearing. Here is the short and sweet on accounting hearings. Sometimes the landlord and the tenant don't disagree about things like if the house is in good condition or what the monthly rent should be, just if the rent was paid. In those cases a trial isn't always required. In an accounting the landlord brings the ledger and any other payment records showing what the tenant paid or didn't pay and the tenant brings receipts, cancelled checks, money order stubs, anything that can show what was paid. The landlord and the tenant sit down and compare their records and try to come up with an amount they agree is due. This process can be helpful but you have to bring all your records to court.