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Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Interim Attorney General Peter Nickles and Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Director Linda K. Argo announced that the District Government is suing 23 landlords whose residential rental properties have a history of serious code violations. The complaint names more than 70 buildings across the District, in seven wards. More than 470 apartment units are affected.

 

“We’ve all seen the pictures and heard the horror stories from tenants of these buildings,” said Mayor Fenty. “It’s immoral to have human beings living in these conditions, and it’s against the law. With today’s action, it will stop.”

 

The lawsuit, filed in DC Superior Court, asks the court to appoint receivers to manage 13 of the buildings and assure repairs. The court-appointed receiver would collect rent instead of the owner, and use it to repair the housing-code violations. If the rent collected is not sufficient to make the repairs, the District will ask the court to order the owner to do so – under penalty of civil contempt or fines.

 

DCRA performs about 40,000 housing inspections in a given year. Landlords abate the vast majority of housing code violations after inspection. When owners persistently refuse to come into compliance with the law after DCRA’s enforcement efforts, the agency refers cases to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).

 

Today’s multi-building action is unprecedented in District history. The receivership law was used for a single property in 2001. All code violations at that property were abated.

 

“This isn’t a new problem,” said Interim Attorney General Nickles. “We’re talking about violations going back to 2001 and some buildings that have been a problem for decades. Tenants in the District should know their government will protect them. This litigation is a good start.”

 

The Office of the Attorney General drafted the complaint with the full expectation of adding landlords and properties after future inspections by DCRA. A full list of properties and owners is attached.

 

Parties

1. Petitioner District of Columbia, is a municipal corporation created under the laws of the United States and is capable of bringing petitions and suits pursuant to DC Code Section 1-102 (2001).

2. Respondents Sharlon L. Williams and Robert L. Williams own, as tenants in common, the rental housing accommodations located at 2907 Gainesville Street, SE, Lot 0073 Square 5729.

3. Respondents Rufus Stancil, Gary Stancil and Albert Stancil own the rental housing accommodations located at 220 Hamilton Street, NW, Lot 0087, Square 3326.

4. Respondent Delores Stancil owns the rental housing accommodations located at 1415 South Capitol Street, SW, Lot 0134, Square 0655.

5. Respondents Gary Stancil and Mary Stancil own the rental housing accommodations located at 1405 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Lot 0807, Square W0553.

6. Respondent Albert Stancil owns the rental housing accommodations located at 3809 V Street, SE, Lot 2011, Square 5673.

7. Respondents Rufus Stancil and Delores Stancil own the rental housing accommodations located at:

 

 

1420 Perry Place, NW, Lot 0033, Square 2688;

 

5350 East Capital Street, NE, Lot, 0007, Square 5243;

 

915 Sheridan Street, NW, Lot 0033, Square 2978;

 

5921 Second Street, NW, Lot 0109, Square 3337;

 

1136 Branch Avenue, SE, Lot 0108, Square 5498;

 

925 Kennedy Street, NW, Lot 2992, Square 0081;

 

415 Varnum Street, NW, Lot 0044, Square 3244;

 

1119 Queen Street, NE, Lot 0031, Square 4058;

 

646 Newton Place, NW, Lot 0822, Square 3038; and

 

4226 7th Street, NW, Lot 0039, Square 3136.

8. Respondent Deauville Partners LLC, which is a limited liability company and registered within the District of Columbia, and David B. Tolson own the rental housing accommodations located at 3145 Mount Pleasant Street, NW, Lot 0836, Square 2595.

9. Respondent Ontario Partners LLC, which is a limited liability company and registered within the District of Columbia, owns the rental housing accommodations located at 2401 Ontario Road, NW, Lot 0822, Square 2566; and 2359 Ontario Road, NW, Lot 0009, Square 2566.

10. Respondent Kenyon Partners LLC, which is a limited liability company and registered within the District of Columbia, owns the rental housing accommodations located at 1636 Kenyon Street, NW, Lot 1052, Square 2596.

11. Respondent Capitol East Partners LLC, which is a limited liability company and registered within the District of Columbia, owns the rental housing accommodations located at 518 9th Street, NE, Lot 0054, Square 0914.

12. Respondent Nickolas Jekogian, III is a member of Deauville Partners LLC, Ontario Partners LLC, Kenyon Partners LLC, Capitol East Partners LLC, and Capitol East Partners II LLC.

13. Respondent Eric Kretschman is the managing member of Deauville Partners LLC, Ontario Partners LLC, Kenyon Partners LLC, Capitol East Partners LLC, and Capitol East Partners II LLC.

14. Respondent Edward Knott owns the rental accommodations located at 3339 10th Street, S.E., Lot 0800, Square 5939.

15. Respondent Park Lee Associates, which is a limited liability company and registered within the District of Columbia, owns the rental housing accommodations located at 1630 Park Road, NW, Lot 0826, Square 2608.

16. Respondent Scott M. Herrick is a member of Park Lee Associates LLC.

17. Respondent Bernadette R. Manaya is a member of Park Lee Associates LLC.

18. Respondents Adolphe and Mabel Edwards own the rental accommodations located at 2913 Knox Place, S.E., Lot 0862 Square 5741.

19. Respondent Vincent L. Abell owns the rental accommodations located at:

1261 Owen Place, N.E., Lot 0197, Square 4060; 866 Bellevue Circle, SE, Lot 0115, Square 6159; 1118 50th Street, NE, Lot 0816, Square 5174; 1435 Good Hope Road, S.E., Lot 1021, Square 5767; 1304 S Street, SE, Lot 0101, Square 5603; 306 Emerson Street, NW; 1416 F Street, NE; 1825 Kilbourne Place, NW; 1487 Morris Road, SE; 5127 New Hampshire Avenue, NW; 108 Q Street, NW; 3420 23rd Street, SE; 6100 13th Street, NW; 636 14th Place, NE; 217 20th Street, NE; 2724 2nd Street, SE; 2536 34th Street, SE; 5006 5th Street, NW; 1606 A Street, SE; 4672 A Street, SE; 3409 Brown Street, NW; 1407 Buchanan Street, NW; 120 Danbury Street, SW; 6034 Eastern Avenue, NE; 2046 Ft. Davis Street, SE; 4507 Illinois Avenue, NW; 211 Ingraham Street, NW; 4021 Malboro Place, NW; 1401 Oak Street, NW; 1258 Penn Street, NE; 424 Q Street, NW; 443 S Street, NW; 1213 Staples Street, NE; 1360 Taylor Street, NW; 1732 Taylor Street, NW; 1516 Trinidad Avenue, NE; 1925 Valley Tr., SE; 1416 Half Street, SW; 1776 Lyman Place, NE; 613 Gresham Place, NW; 920 Delafield Place, NW; 164 Uhland Terrace, NE; 5312 James Place, NE; 4310 E Street, SE; and 3514 13th Street, NW.

20. Respondents Vincent Abell and Marta Bertola own the rental accommodations located at 2603 11th Street, NW, Lot 0034, Square 2863.

21. Respondent Marta Bertola owns the rental accommodations located at 4600 Hillside Road, SE, Lot 0083, Square 5362.

22. Respondent 3514 13th Street LLC, which is a limited liability company and registered within the District of Columbia, owns the rental housing accommodations located at 3514 13th Street, NW, Lot 0853, Square 2834.

23. Respondent Vincent L. Abell is a member of 3514 13th Street LLC.

 

 

http://dc.gov/mayor/pdf/showpdf.asp?pdfnam...y_Landlords.pdf

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