Potentially Illegal Rent Increases by DC Landlords

Migliaccio & Rathod LLP is currently investigating unfair, deceptive, and possibly illegal rent increases by D.C. landlords. Tenants across D.C. lament that their landlord raised rent by an excessive amount. In fact, the Office of the Attorney General recently recouped nearly $2 million dollars in a rent-hike scheme where the landlord rented apartments at “discounted” rates and then later sought to raise the rent based on a higher, “true” rental rate (for example, see here: https://oag.dc.gov/release/ag-racine-secures-nearly-2-million-victims-rent). For most rent-controlled apartments, rent increases were capped at 3% before May 1, 2022. After May, they are capped at 6.2%. The caps are lower for elderly and disabled tenants. Most buildings built before 1975 are subject to rent control. In some cases, a rental unit created by 1980 may also be subject to rent control.

Did your landlord raise your rent in DC? Were you ever offered a rent concession or a discounted rent and then been surprised by the amount your rent went up at the end of your lease? Do you live in a rent-controlled building?

If so, we would like to speak with you. We can help you determine if your unit is subject to rent control laws or if your landlord engaged in any deceptive rent practices. Please complete the questionnaire on this page, send us an email at [email protected], or give us a call at (202) 470-3520 for more information.

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The lawyers at Migliaccio & Rathod LLP have years of experience in class action litigation against large corporations, including in cases involving unfair and deceptive trade practices. More information about our current cases and investigations is available on our blog.