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 Attorney General (OAG), we’re working to change the narrative about District youth and to support and uplift the many young people in our city who are having a positive impact on their community.
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. An investigation by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) uncovered evidence of hundreds of housing code violations at the two affordable housing properties, including many that threatened the health, safety, and well-being of tenants. To resolve OAG’s investigation, the property management company and property owners will pay restitution in the form of rent credits to hundreds of tenants across 451 units, pay $1.15 million in penalties to the District, complete remaining repairs, and ensure the properties remain safe and habitable in the future.
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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.
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 orders to remedy numerous housing code violations that threatened the health, safety, and security of thousands of District tenants.
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, LLC—and two individuals who operate those companies, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) asserts that the defendants illegally discriminated against voucher holders based on their prior payment history and sealed eviction records, and illegally stated a preference for certain types of vouchers over others. The lawsuit also claims that the defendants illegally refused to accept housing vouchers at some properties, falsely telling prospective tenants with vouchers that apartments were unavailable. With this suit, OAG is seeking a court order to stop the discrimination, as well as civil penalties and other costs.
Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb today announced the successful resolution of four separate housing cases that will require landlords in Wards 1, 5, and 8 to remedy serious threats to the safety and security of tenants and community members at their respective properties.
AG Racine Announces First-Of-Its-Kind Settlement Keeping Apartment Complex Affordable for 25 Years & Preventing Displacement of Ward 5 Tenants
Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced that the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has reached a first-of-its-kind settlement that will stop the planned displacement of long-time District residents and preserve affordable housing at a Ward 5 property for 25 years.
The consequences of DCHA’s mismanagement and failures couldn’t be more serious. Thousands of DC residents have been denied access to safe, stable housing because of DCHA’s dysfunction.
AG Racine released a report detailing the lack of independence at the D.C. Housing Authority and calling for reforms to the agency’s governance.