Saturday, February 27, 2016

Big news for all registered seniors (62+) living in rent-controlled apartments

Barbara Cline, rent-control expert, has shared the following super important information:
Earlier this month, the Office of the Tenant Advocate (OTA) announced that the 2016 standard rent increase for residents age 62 and older in rent-controlled apartments will be 0%.   That's right.   Zero.   Renters of any age with a disability who are registered are also eligible to receive the 0% increase.

All other renters in rent-controlled apartments will have a 2% rent increase.

2016 rent increases begin on May 1, 2016 and run through April 30, 2017.

Now to the fine print: Are you registered?   Only those 62 and older or those with a disability who have registered with the Rent Administrator's Office will be eligible for the 0%.   Register at least 30 days before your next rent increase.   Register using Form 6 - Tenant's Notice to Housing Provider of Elderly or Disabled Status (English) (Spanish).   Rent-control increases are not retroactive, so registration before May 1 is imperative.

Need help in applying?   Call or make an appointment with OTA (202) 719-6560.

Need more information on rent control?   See the 2015 rent control article by Barbara Cline.

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