Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 31K. Rent Increase Prohibition During a Public Health Emergency.


§ 42–3194.01. Rent increase prohibition.

*NOTE: This section was created by temporary legislation that will expire on February 4, 2022.*

*NOTE: This section includes amendments by emergency legislation that will expire on October 22, 2021. To view the text of the temporary legislation, click this link: Temporary Version.*

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a rent increase for a residential property not prohibited by the provisions of § 42-3509.04(c), shall be prohibited prior to December 31, 2021.

(b)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a rent increase for a commercial property shall be prohibited prior to December 31, 2021.

(2) For the purposes of this subsection, the term "commercial property" means:

(A) A commercial retail establishment; or

(B) Leased commercial space that is less than 6,500 square feet in size and that comprises all or part of a commercial building.

(3) Any increase of rent on a commercial property made by a landlord between March 11, 2020, and June 9, 2020, shall be null and void and any excess rent paid by a tenant shall be credited to the tenant.


(June 24, 2021, D.C. Law 24-9, § 406, 68 DCR 004824; July 24, 2021, D.C. Act 24-125, § 3(v), 68 DCR 007342.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3(v) of Public Emergency Extension and Eviction and Utility Moratorium Phasing Emergency Amendment Act of 2021 (D.C. Act 24-125, July 24, 2021, 68 DCR 007342).

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 406 of Coronavirus Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2021 (D.C. Act 24-96, June 7, 2021, 68 DCR 006025).

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 406 of Coronavirus Support Emergency Amendment Act of 2021 (D.C. Act 24-30, Mar. 17, 2021, 68 DCR 003101).

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 2(c) of Coronavirus Support Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-332, July 7, 2020, 67 DCR 8609).

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 406 of Coronavirus Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-328, June 8, 2020, 67 DCR 7598).

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 406 of Coronavirus Support Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-326, May 27, 2020, 67 DCR 7045).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) creation of this section, see § 406 of Coronavirus Support Temporary Amendment Act of 2021 (D.C. Law 24-9, June 24, 2021, 68 DCR 004824).