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Evicting Unwanted Guests Self-Help Packet

This document provides information about the legal process for evicting people who are not tenants, but instead guests who refuse to leave. It includes frequently asked questions, sample forms, and fillable forms, as well as links to other resources.

Filing Answers and Counterclaims in Landlord and Tenant Court

Explains what an answer is, whether a tenant is required to file an answer, the differences among counterclaims, recoupments, and setoffs, and what a tenant should consider before filing any of them.

Filing Motions in Landlord and Tenant Court

Frequently asked questions that explain the process involved in filing motions, filing fees, serving other parties, and what you should do if you receive a motion.

Form 4B in Spanish

This is a translation of Form 4B into Spanish.

Frequently Asked Questions: Evicting Guests, Roommates, Family Members, and Other Unwanted Occupants from Your Home

Frequently Asked Questions about evicting non-tenant guests from your home. This includes unwelcome roommates and family members, but does NOT include renters and subletters.

Judgments, Writs, and Evictions - Information for Landlords

Discusses the procedures a landlord is required to follow to have a tenant evicted from a residential rental property.

Late Fee Fairness Amendment Act Of 2016 – Frequently Asked Questions

A FAQ about DC's 2016 Late Fee Fairness Act, which has rules about the late fees landlords are allowed to charge their tenants when they pay rent late.

Notice - Changes to Landlord and Tenant Branch Processes

Notice of new procedures for the D.C Landlord and Tenant Court

Protective Orders - Paying Rent to the Court Registry

Discusses what protective orders are and how they work, including what happens if a tenant misses a payment under a protective order and the impact of housing code violations on the amount a tenant is required to pay.

Proving Your Case in Landlord and Tenant Court - Evidence and Subpoenas

Discusses the kinds of evidence you can use in Landlord and Tenant Court and how to use subpoenas to obtain information and call witnesses.

Settlement and Mediation in Landlord and Tenant Court

Provides information about the options of settlement and mediation as alternatives to trials in landlord and tenant cases. Also explains the difference between a settlement and a Form 4 payment plan.

Trials in Landlord and Tenant Court

Discusses what happens at a trial in Landlord and Tenant Court, the difference between a bench trial and a jury trial, and how to prepare for a trial.

30-Day Notice of Past Due Rent and Notice of Intent to File Claim

30-DAY NOTICE OF PAST DUE RENT & NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE CLAIM is required before you can file an eviction lawsuit against your tenant based on the tenant’s failure to pay rent. D.C. law requires that you give the tenant a chance to become current in rent before you have the right to file a lawsuit to evict the tenant. The tenant must owe a minimum of $600 before you can file an eviction suit.

30-Day Notice to Correct Violation of Obligation of Tenancy or Vacate

The 30-DAY NOTICE TO CORRECT VIOLATION OF OBLIGATION OF TENANCY OR VACATE is required before you can file an eviction lawsuit against your tenant based on the tenant’s violation of a valid written lease or the tenant’s violation of his or her responsibilities under the D.C. Housing Code.

Notice - Changes to Landlord and Tenant Branch Processes

Notice of new procedures for the D.C Landlord and Tenant Court

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