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Landlord Abuse

Posted by Tracy on August 18, 1999 at 10:58:54:

A friend has rented an apartment in Washington, D.C. for a period of
approximately 2 1/2 years. For the first year, she had a valid lease signed by
both parties. After the first year, my friend had a verbal agreement with the
landlord that she would rent month-to-month. One week ago, the landlord (who
lives in the building) stopped my friend on her way out and said that "if she
does not sign a lease, she will be evicted." Additionally, he mentioned that
he was raising the rent by $100/month. Unfortunately, my friend left on a two
week vacation to Greece. I have been informed by a third party that the
landlord has stated that he wants her out of the apartment by September 1.
Since I live in the same building, she had asked me to look out for anything
that the landlord might pull while she was gone. On a previous vacation taken
by my friend, the landlord performed major work on the apartment after explicit
requests not to enter the apartment while she was away. I am concerned that he
might take action before she returns.

What are her rights in this matter?


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