Free Rent Comes At A Price

In Washington, D.C., some apartment tenants are living without a landlord -- and without a high standard of living.

Checcia Durham now understands that free rent isn't as appealing as it might sound. A longtime legal tenant of an abandoned apartment building, Durham has no one to complain to when things go wrong. After the original landlord proved to be a fake and vanished, the only maintenance of the building has been prompted by infrequent requests from tenants to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, which recently "performed a building-wide inspection, finding...'numerous housing violations' ranging from water damage to dangerously unsecured bathroom fixtures to an absence of smoke detectors".

Full Story: ISO Landlord

Comments

Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95
City Plate table setting

New Arrival! City Plates

City downtown cores printed on gorgeous decorative collectible porcelain plates.
$50.00