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The DC Code: § 42-3531.03 Findings.

Index42 Real Property. (Refs & Annos)

The Council finds that, despite the fact that the District has some of the most comprehensive pro-tenant laws in the United States:

Tenants in the District are under-informed of their rights.
It is difficult for tenants to obtain information.
Tenants cannot usually afford legal representation.
Tenants are under-informed about dispute mediation and adjudication options available to tenants in the District through the courts and through the Office of the Attorney General.
Few tenants have time for self-advocacy because of their full-time employment.
Tenants in the District need an independent Chief Tenant Advocate to act on their behalf as repository of information and resources to help guide tenants through the landlord-tenant system in the District.
The establishment of an independent Office of the Tenant Advocate will provide a valuable resource for the government and residents of the District.

Historical and Statutory

Effect of Amendments D.C. Law 16-181, in par. (6), substituted "independent Chief Tenant Advocate" for "office at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs"; and, in par. (7), substituted "independent Office of the Tenant Advocate" for "Office of the Tenant Advocate within the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs". Emergency Act Amendments For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 2063 of Fiscal Year 2006 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2005 (D.C. Act 16-168, July 26, 2005, 52 DCR 7667). Legislative History of Laws For Law 16-33, see notes following § 42-3531.01. For Law 16-181, see notes following § 42-3531.01. Effective Dates Section 5 of D.C. Law 16-181 provides: "Section 2 through 4 shall apply as of October 1, 2007." DC CODE § 42-3531.03 Current through December 11, 2012


(Oct. 20, 2005, D.C. Law 16-33, § 2063, 52 DCR 7503; Oct. 1, 2007, D.C. Law 16-181, § 2(c), 53 DCR 6703.)