Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VII. Relocation Assistance for Tenants Displaced by Substantial Rehabilitation, Demolition, or Housing Discontinuance.


§ 42–3507.01. Notice of right to assistance.

No housing provider shall substantially rehabilitate, demolish, or discontinue any housing accommodation unless there has first been served upon each tenant residing in the housing accommodation a written notice of intent to rehabilitate, demolish, or discontinue the housing accommodation in accordance with § 42-3505.01(f), (g), (h), or (i), as appropriate. The notice shall advise the tenants of their right to relocation assistance under this chapter or any other District law, and the procedures for applying for the assistance. The Rental Housing Commission shall prescribe the content of the notice. No tenant may be evicted from a housing accommodation which the housing provider intends to substantially rehabilitate, demolish, or discontinue housing use, or which the housing provider intends to sell to another person who, to the housing provider’s knowledge, intends to substantially rehabilitate, demolish, or discontinue housing use, unless the requirements of this section have been met. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to limit a housing provider’s right to evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent or violation of an obligation of the tenancy, if the action to evict is in compliance with § 42-3505.01.


(July 17, 1985, D.C. Law 6-10, § 701, 32 DCR 3089; June 22, 2006, D.C. Law 16-140, § 2(b), 53 DCR 3686.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 45-2571.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 8-231.03.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-140 substituted “in accordance with section § 42-3505.01(f), (g), (h), or (i)” for “in accordance with § 42-3505.01(g), (h), or (i)”.

Expiration of Law

Section 907 of D.C. Law 6-10, as amended by § 2(d) of D.C. Law 8-48 and § 818 of D.C. Law 11-52, provided that all subchapters of the act, except III and V, shall terminate on December 31, 2000.


§ 42–3507.02. Eligibility assistance.

Each housing provider commencing substantial rehabilitation, demolition, or housing discontinuance, on or after July 17, 1985, shall pay relocation assistance in an amount calculated under § 42-3507.03 to all tenants of the housing accommodation who:

(1) Were living in the rental units contained in the housing accommodation from which they are being displaced at the time the notice required by § 42-3505.01 is given; and

(2) Are displaced from rental units because the housing accommodation in which they are located is to be substantially rehabilitated, demolished, or discontinued.


(July 17, 1985, D.C. Law 6-10, § 702, 32 DCR 3089.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 45-2572.

Expiration of Law

See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 42-3507.01.


§ 42–3507.03. Payments.

(a) Until the Mayor establishes the amount of relocation assistance pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, the amount of relocation assistance payable to a displaced tenant shall be calculated as follows:

(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, relocation assistance in the amount of $300 for each room in the rental unit shall be payable to the tenants or subtenants bearing the cost of removing the majority of the furnishings. For the purposes of this paragraph, the term “room” in a rental unit means any space 60 square feet or larger which has a fixed ceiling and a floor and is subdivided with fixed partitions on all sides, but does not mean bathrooms, balconies, closets, pantries, kitchens, foyers, hallways, storage areas, utility rooms, or the like.

(2) Relocation assistance in the amount of $150 for each pantry, kitchen, storage area, and utility room that exceeds 60 square feet in area shall be payable to the tenants or subtenants bearing the cost of removing the majority of the furnishings.

(b) The Mayor shall establish the amount to be paid tenants for relocation assistance within 30 days of June 22, 2006. Thereafter, the Mayor shall, by rule, adjust the amount to be paid tenants for relocation assistance not more than once every 12 months and not less than once every 3 years. The amount of relocation assistance shall reflect the cost of moving, including transporting personal property, packing and unpacking, insurance of property while in transit, storage of personal property, the disconnection and re-connection of utilities, and any other reasonable factor, within the Washington-Baltimore Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area.

(c) Relocation assistance shall be paid to eligible tenants not later than 24 hours before the date the rental unit is to be vacated by the tenants or subtenants, if the housing provider has received at least 10 days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, advance written notice of the date upon which the unit is to be vacated. Where the tenant does not provide the housing provider with at least a 10-day notice, the relocation assistance shall be paid within 30 days after the unit is vacated.

(d) Payment of relocation assistance shall not be required with respect to any rental unit which is the subject of an outstanding judgment for possession obtained by the housing provider or housing provider’s predecessor in interest against the tenants or subtenants for a cause of action whether the cause of action arises before or after the service of the notice of intention to rehabilitate, demolish, or discontinue housing use. If the judgment for possession is based upon nonpayment of rent and arises after the notice of intent to rehabilitate, demolish, or discontinue housing use has been given, then relocation assistance shall be required in an amount reduced by the amount determined to be due and owing to the housing provider by the court rendering the judgment for possession.


(July 17, 1985, D.C. Law 6-10, § 703, 32 DCR 3089; June 22, 2006, D.C. Law 16-140, § 2(c), 53 DCR 3686.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 45-2573.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 42-3507.02.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-140, in the lead-in language in subsec. (a), substituted “Until the Mayor establishes the amount of relocation assistance pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, the amount of relocation assistance” for “The amount of relocation assistance”; in par. (a)(1), substituted “the amount of $300” for “the amount of $ 150”; in par. (a)(2), substituted “the amount of $150” for “the amount of $ 75”; and rewrote subsec. (b), which had read as follows: “(b) The Mayor shall adjust the amount to be paid tenants for relocation assistance from time to time in order to reflect changes in the cost of moving within the Washington, D.C., Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA). The adjustments shall be made under subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2, not more than once in any calendar year.”

Expiration of Law

See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 42-3507.01.


§ 42–3507.04. Relocation advisory services.

Whenever a building in the District is converted from rental to condominium units, substantially rehabilitated or demolished, or discontinued from housing use, the Relocation Assistance Office of the Department of Housing and Community Development shall provide relocation advisory services for tenants who move from the building. These services shall include:

(1) Ascertaining the relocation needs for each household;

(2) Providing current information on the availability of equivalent substitute housing;

(3) Supplying information concerning federal and District housing programs; and

(4) Providing other advisory services to displaced persons in order to minimize hardships in adjusting to relocation.


(July 17, 1985, D.C. Law 6-10, § 704, 32 DCR 3089.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 45-2574.

Expiration of Law

See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 45-2571.


§ 42–3507.05. Tenant hot line.

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs shall provide for the continuation of a tenant hot line. The primary purpose of the tenant hot line is to provide assistance to low- and moderate-income tenants. To carry out this purpose, the functions and responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(1) Answering rent control procedural questions, and directing tenants toward possible courses of action in resolving problems;

(2) Providing advice on housing regulation violations;

(3) Explaining rent increases;

(4) Providing guidance on emergency shelter;

(5) Providing guidance on the Tenant Assistance Program;

(6) Providing guidance in resolving problems involving water, heating, repairs, and other matters;

(7) Providing advice on possible action in response to allegations of discrimination, harassment, or neglect by housing providers;

(8) Answering preliminary questions about remedies through the courts;

(9) Providing guidance when tenants are faced with eviction; and

(10) Providing guidance on other tenant problems.


(July 17, 1985, D.C. Law 6-10, § 705, 32 DCR 3089.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 45-2575.

Expiration of Law

See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 45-2571.