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Housing

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Introduction

D.C. recently passed a law abot how evictions can restart. New eviction cases for non-payment of rent cannot start until October 12, 2021. These rules are complicated and landlords are required to take certain steps before filing new cases. You can find information and contact information for legal help with understanding these rules below.

 

Unless there are more changes to the law, new foreclosure cases for homes lived in by their owners cannot be filed until  September 23, 2021.

 

Landlords cannot evict tenants without going through the court process.


You can find more detailed information about changes to the law that impact homeowners and tenants during the COVID-19 emergency below. 

 

People in need of emergency shelter can call the Shelter Hotline at (202)399-7093, or 311.

 

Rent assistance:

STAY DC Program for rent and utility assistance (covers up to 12 months of back rent and up to three months of future rent)

Resources

Information for Homeowners about Foreclosures and Mortgage Payments During the COVID-19 Emergency +

Information about Evictions and Your Rights as a Tenant During the COVID-19 Emergency +

Help with Paying Rent and Finding Emergency Housing +

Housing Conditions During COVID-19 +

The COVID-19 pandemic means more people are spending more time at home. Residents who have concerns about unhealthy conditions in their homes can visit the below website to find videos and resources about steps they can take during the pandemic to address health issues like rodents, pests, asthma triggers and their rights as tenants.

Find Legal Help +

Eviction (for Tenants)

  • Landlord Tenant Legal Assistance Network Hotline (a joint project of Bread for the City, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Neighborhood Legal Services Program, and Rising for Justice) (202-780-2575) (website)

Eviction/Landlord & Tenant (Tenants & Small Landlords)

  • Landlord Tenant Legal Assistance Network Hotline (202-780-2575) (website)
  • Catholic Charities Legal Network (202-350-4305) (website)
  • Christian Legal Aid of D.C. (202-710-0592) (website)

Housing Conditions Concerns

  • Children’s Law Center (202-467-4900) (website)
  • Christian Legal Aid of D.C. (202-710-0592) (website)
  • Landlord Tenant Resource Center (D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center) Temporary Phone Line (202-780-2575) (website)
  • Legal Counsel for the Elderly (60+ only) (202-434-2120) (website)
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Program (202-832-6577 (website)
  • Rising for Justice (202-638-4798) (website)

Foreclosure

  • Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (202-628-1161) (website)
  • Legal Counsel for the Elderly (60+ only) (202-434-2120) (website)
  • DC Foreclosure Prevention Hotline (access to free housing counseling & referrals to lawyers, including free legal services organizations) (202-265-2255)  

Shelter and Homeless Services

  • Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (202-328-5500) (website)