§ 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.
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).