COVID Tenants’ Rights


Both the US Congress and the DC Council have passed emergency legislation that impacts DC tenants’ rights.

During the public health emergency, landlords may not increase rents or charge late fees. DC Landlord and Tenant Court is closed until May 15. All evictions are prohibited for 60 days after the end of the public health emergeny. Landlords with four or more rental units must enter into rental agreements with affected tenants.

Contact DCRA at 202-442-9557, ext. 6 or 311 to request a virtual inspection if a landlord has not made a critical repair. To obtain information about Emergency Rental Assistance Program appointments, call 202-667-7339 or email

Live in HUD-subsidized housing, public housing or have a Housing Choice (Section 8) Voucher or live in a LIHTC building? No eviction proceedings may be brought for nonpayment of rent until August 2020 and only after 30-day notice. No subsidy can be terminated during the public emergency. All deadlines related to Tenant Opportunity to Purchase ACT are on pause. All gas, water and electricity shutoffs are prohibited by law.

If water is shut-off, contact DC Water at 202-354-3750 or To discuss restoring electricity call PEPCO at 202-833-7500. Have any tenants’ rights-related questions? Leave a message at 202-667-7426 or