Inspection Information

District of Columbia law requires landlords to provide housing that is in a safe, habitable, and livable condition and to obtain a Basic Business License (BBL) through DCRA.

All applicants for a BBL One or Two Family rental license are required to have a housing inspection post issuance of the license. Appointments for housing inspections are scheduled and conducted by the Inspections and Compliance Administration by calling the DCRA Inspections Line at (202) 442-9557, select #6 or emailing and providing your name, number, address and brief description of violations to schedule an inspection. This housing inspection is performed to ensure the premises are in compliance with DC Housing Codes and is necessary to ensure the health and safety of renters.

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  6. This checklist, along with this website, is a farce. Your only concern is getting money from business owners, not the protection of the tenants as you claim. An inspector just came out to a unit I have lived in for 5 years. There were code violations, yet she never issued him infractions. She never tested the GFI in kitchen…doesnt work. Never went to the garage…water stands. Never went into the second bedroom…no smoke detector. My landlord applied for his BBL after I said I couldnt find it. No penalty. Why on earth would someone get one. Dont tell your tenant about the Rent control act as required…wait for 3 years to go by, then nothing can be done to you….nice law DC!

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