News & Updates

In DC, We Stand Up Against Discrimination

Last week, I filed a civil rights lawsuit against the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) for forcing hundreds of public housing residents with disabilities to wait years—and sometimes more than a decade—for accessible housing.

Celebrating Juneteenth and Committing to a More Just Future

On June 19, we will celebrate Juneteenth: the 157th anniversary of the effective end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is a day to celebrate liberation—and it’s a day for all of us to reflect on our nation’s past.

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AG Racine Secures Nearly $2 Million For Victims of Rent Hike Scam and District Through Trial Victory

Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced that Equity Residential Management, LLC, which manages the apartment complex at 3003 Van Ness in Northwest DC, is paying nearly $2 million to tenants and the District for lying to prospective residents about apartment rental costs and then…

Topics: Tenant Rights

Cracking Down on Owners of Vacant Properties Evading Taxes

It will likely come as no surprise to you that the District is in the midst of a housing crisis, with too many residents struggling to access safe and affordable places to live.

Topics: Tenant Rights

AG Racine Announces First Enforcement Action to Crack Down on Tax Evasion by Owners of Vacant & Blighted Houses

AG Racine today announced the first enforcement action brought by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) against owners of long-term vacant or blighted homes who made false claims to avoid paying the higher property taxes that the District imposes on empty or blighted properties.

Topics: Tenant Rights

Testimony on Paternity Establishment Amendment Act

OAG testified before DC Council about needed reforms to modernize our approach to establishing paternity.

Topics: Child Support

The Office of the Attorney General’s Legal Victories Protecting Housing for DC Residents

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has been using all the tools in our toolbox to preserve existing housing and protect tenants.

Tenant Alert: You have a right to stay warm in your apartment

The law is clear: No one should be stuck in the cold inside their apartments.

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AG Racine Announces New Lawsuits to Protect Longtime District Residents from Displacement & Dangerous Housing Conditions

Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced that his office filed two separate lawsuits against neglectful landlords to protect District residents in Ward 5 and Ward 2 from displacement and remedy hazardous housing conditions.

Topics: Tenant Rights
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AG Racine Announces Precedent Setting Victory in Lawsuit that Stopped Well-Connected Slumlords & Developers from Displacing Long-Term African American Tenants

Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced that the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) won a precedent-setting victory in a long-running lawsuit against well-connected slumlords and developers who conspired to displace long-time African American tenants from homes they lived in for…