News & Updates

Ushering in 2024 at OAG

Happy 2024! It’s hard to believe that January is already drawing to a close. Here at the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), we hit the ground running, kicking off the year with a new public safety grant program and a series of successful wage theft and consumer protection cases that put…

Attorney General Schwalb Issues Consumer Alert on Rental Fees & Protections for DC Renters

Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb today issued the below Consumer Alert informing District residents about legal protections against excessive fees throughout the rental process, including caps on application fees and protections against “junk fees” after they sign a lease.  

Reflecting on My First Year as Your Attorney General

When I was sworn into office nearly one year ago, humbled by the trust District residents placed in me to represent and advocate for them, I pledged to use the law to combat persistent equity gaps, defend and strengthen the fundamental rights of all who live and work here, ensure that our…

Taking on the Rental Housing Cartel

At the Office of Attorney General (OAG), we use the law to preserve and advocate for affordable housing, protect tenants, and hold abusive and neglectful landlords accountable. This month, we announced our lawsuit against RealPage, a Texas-based technology firm that offers various technology-…

Highlighting the Incredible Talents of District Youth

There are so many young people in the District doing extraordinary things, often against extraordinary odds, and they aren’t celebrated nearly enough. Far too frequently, discussions about young people are overshadowed by negative stereotypes or misconceptions. That’s why, at the Office of the…

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Attorney General Schwalb Requires Landlord to Pay $2 Million for Unsafe & Unlawful Conditions at Two DC Apartment Complexes

Attorney General Brian Schwalb today announced that the owners and manager of two subsidized apartment complexes in Ward 8 - Atlantic Terrace and Southern Hills - will pay $2 million in penalties and restitution, including rent credits, for violating DC law and endangering more than 400 tenants…

Topics: Tenant Rights

Consumer Alert: How To Avoid Home Improvement Scams and Disputes

Looking to upgrade, remodel, or improve your home? Finding a reliable and trustworthy home improvement contractor can be difficult. We frequently receive complaints from consumers about disputes with contractors, and suggest consumers follow these steps to choose a contractor with confidence,…

Owners of Four Apartment Complexes in DC Ordered to Fix Hazardous Living Conditions

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) works tirelessly to ensure District residents are safe in their homes. When landlords and property managers violate tenants’ rights and ignore health and safety requirements, our team springs into action.

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AG Schwalb Compels Owners of District Apartment Complexes – Including Foster House and Marbury Plaza – to Remedy Housing Conditions

Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb today announced successful outcomes in three separate cases against the owners of four residential properties in the District – Foster House, Marbury Plaza, Garfield Court Apartments, and Concorde Gardens – each of whom failed to comply with previous court…

Topics: Tenant Rights
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AG Schwalb Files First Lawsuit Enforcing New Anti-Discrimination Protections for Voucher Holders

Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb today announced the filing of a housing discrimination lawsuit seeking to enforce new protections for DC tenants that went into effect in 2022. In a lawsuit filed against two local real estate companies—Bailey Real Estate Holdings, LLC and 1537 Gales Street NE,…