Washington, D.C. Landlord/Tenant Attorney
Trial Ready Solutions
Are you having trouble evicting a tenant? Is a tenant not paying rent?
Discuss your landlord-tenant dispute with our team at
Hunter & Johnson, PLLC. We are a team of knowledgeable and aggressive
Washington, D.C. landlord lawyers with an in-depth understanding of landlord rights and how the law applies
to commercial and residential properties. Our goal is to help you resolve
disputes with your tenants in the most cost-efficient and practical manner possible.
Call Hunter & Johnson, PLLC, at (202) 759-7929 for your evaluation.
Landlord Rights in Washington, D.C.
Landlord and tenant laws are often intricate and confusing. Whether you
are attempting an eviction or seeking to hold your tenant liable for a
breach of lease, it is vital that you know your rights and how to approach
There are numerous rules for evicting a tenant, and failure to abide by
the law can end up costing you much more than the amount you are seeking
in damages. For example, the court may approve an eviction if there is
proof that the tenant did something illegal in the rental unit.
Landlord/tenant laws also give tenants the right to withhold rent if they
think the landlord is neglecting their duty to repair the property.
In fact, tenants have the right to:
- Call state or local building inspectors
- “Repair-and-deduct” the costs from the rent
- Suing the landlord
Additionally, tenants are allowed to spread information about your property
that may damage your professional reputation. If a tenant complains to
a building inspector or assembles a group to discuss your property, they
are protected from retaliation. You must assess your options, learn your
rights, and know the best possible route you should take at this time
by talking to our landlord lawyers.
How Much Notice Does a Landlord Have to Give a Tenant to Move out in DC?
A landlord must give a tenant 30-day notice to vacate, and the tenant can
be evicted only if the tenant knew or should have known that an illegal
act was taking place. The landlord wants to move into the rental and use
it as the landlord's personal residence. The landlord must give a
90-day notice to vacate. If a landlord wants to move into the rental and
use it as the landlord's personal residence. The landlord must give
a 90-day notice to vacate. The landlord must first give the tenant notice
in writing when they plan to live in the tenant's residence.
Commercial vs. Residential
Depending on the type of property you manage, you may encounter different
issues. Residential tenants often have more legal protects to offset the
power of the landlord. Commercial tenants, on the other hand, have more
direct responsibilities related to upkeep and maintenance.
Residential leases are more general and contain maintenance, safety, and sanitation provisions, whereas
commercial contracts vary from client to client. Because commercial tenants are on more “equal
footing” with the landlord, their contracts are more difficult to
break. Without sufficient evidence and a strong case, you may quickly
find yourself in hot water.
Cases We Handle
Whether you rent out a residential or commercial property, our firm has
the experience you need to navigate landlord/tenant disputes.
We are equipped to provide effective solutions for a wide range of landlord-tenant
- Breach of lease agreements
- Nonpayment of rent
- Safety compliance
- Overdue rent recovery
- Failure to maintain the property
- Security deposit dispute
- Review contracts & leases
- Renegotiate contracts & leases
We are known for our ability to deliver creative, cutting-edge solutions
to complex landlord-tenant disputes. Contact our firm today to learn more
our attorneys can do to help you.
Cost-Effective Solutions for Landlords & Property Managers
At Hunter & Johnson, PLLC, our landlord-tenant attorneys in Washington,
D.C., have represented landlords in a broad range of disputes with tenants.
We understand the unique issues that landlords face and the many solutions
that are available. When we take a case, our priority is always to find
the most practical yet cost-conscious resolution to help save you time
Talk to our Washington, D.C. landlord/tenant dispute team for an honest case assessment.