Yesterday, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) ending up in a huge conversation about the fears, misconceptions, challenges, issues and obstacles facing DC residents who are either considering renting their basement as a rental property, buying a home with a basement apartment they plan to rent, currently renting their basement apartment (legally and illegally) and other various scenarios. The District of Columbia is filled with basement apartments and entire generations of folks have at one point or another lived underneath other people.
Many of the comments posted we hear every day and others were surprising. The conversation was good enough, we thought, to create a easy-to-find, easy-to-use site that allowed these conversations to continue. While some suggested we create a flier or a some sort of booklet, the number of various scenarios based on location within DC, age of your home, history of the unit among many others makes outreach extremely difficult. We’ll always be missing something. So tonight we’re launching this site to create a central location not only for information and tips from DCRA but also to allow residents to share stories with DCRA and others like them.
We hope this will be useful and like our other sites, we are sure this will expand beyond basement apartments eventually, but it’s a good start and a nod to you DC residents so you know we’re listening. We’ll be filling out the pages over the next few days and if you have ideas, please let us know via the comments or via email.
- Mike Rupert, DCRA