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 emergency legislation that will expire on June 10, 2021.*

(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 during a period for which a public health emergency has been declared pursuant to § 7-2304.01, and for 30 days thereafter.

(b)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a rent increase for a commercial property shall be prohibited during a period for which a public health emergency has been declared pursuant to § 7-2304.01, and for 30 days thereafter.

(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.


(Mar. 17, 2021, D.C. Act 24-30, § 406, 68 DCR 003101.)

Emergency Legislation

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).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) creation of this section, see § 406 of Coronavirus Support Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Law 23-130, Oct. 9, 2020, 67 DCR 8622).