District Heights, MD asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for District of Columbia

Q: Can I evict holdover tenants in DC without waiting for 60 days after the moratorium?

My tenants are now considered holdover tenants and I want possession of property because I don’t want to rent any more and there are certain time lines for evictions in DC.

My understanding is 30 days wait/ 30 days notice to quit then eviction.

1 Lawyer Answer
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
  • Potomac, MD
  • Licensed in District of Columbia

A: Your understanding is incorrect. You are not at the same kind of risk if you give proper 30-day notice and then file suit. That will merely be dismissed. But, if you attempt self-help, you are at grave risk. Buy a consult with a lawyer. For starters, it's a 90-day notice. Next, if the property is subject to TOPA, there is a whole process that includes offering the property to the tenant. If you are very lucky, you fit in one of the exemptions. Retain counsel.

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