Watch the video to see what 7 on Your Side found at 2724 11th St NW.
The tenants at 2724 11th Street NW spoke with WJLA ABC 7 News this week! They are acting together with neighbors to demand the owners to be held accountable to at least the law and to the demands of justice.
The video features Maria, Rigo, Efrain, with a couple of cameos by 5-year-old Fidel.
This unique partnership of tenants living in terrible conditions and short-term and long-term neighbors coming together to demand humane living conditions is producing results and slowly, but surely, impacting every housing-related agency in the District of Columbia. — Rose Marie Berger
At the end of May, the District of Columbia’s Committee on Housing and Community Development held a public hearing on the “Rent Control Hardship Petition Limitation Amendment Act of 2015.” Hardship petitions allow building owners to claim before the court that they don’t have enough money to maintain their buildings and so need a waiver to raise rent on rent-controlled buildings. All too often these requests are rubber-stamped by an administrative judge without ever examining whether the financial need is real.
The 2724 11th Street NW Tenants Association around the corner from my house in Columbia Heights has spent the last four years fighting two of these hardship petition and default rent increases by owners who do not qualify as hardship cases.–Rose Marie Berger
Ms. Archie spoke eloquently at the public hearing. See her testimony below:
The Importance of Affordable Rent and a Decent Place to Live In D.C.
My name is Rosetta Archie and my son lan Archie and I have been living at 2724 11th Street, NW, for 25 years this December 28, 2015. We are citizens of this country and feel everyone should have affordable and a decent place to live. Here in Washington, DC, the rent has sky-rocketed to ridiculous amounts and it is just not fair nor reasonable.
About four years ago, we received notice that our landlords, the Parker family, had filed a petition, and that our rents would go up by 31.5% I thought they were trying to get us to move out of the building – there was no way we could afford to pay that. I think that they wanted tenants to leave so they could turn the building into condos, like they did with a building they own on T Street. Our property manager said we could have a nice building like that one if we paid the rent increase, but of the low-income tenants who used to live there could afford to stay! Continue reading “Ms. Rosetta Archie: ‘We Are Citizens of This Country’”