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DC: Defect in notice of foreclosure did not create substantial risk of misleading record owner

 In Dennis T. Comer v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA, No. 13-CV-1025 (D.C. Jan. 29, 2015), the D.C. Court of Appeals was called upon to review whether the trial court had properly dismissed counts of an amended complaint in connection with a wrongful disclosure In 2008, Mr. Comer was approved for... Read More >

DC: Filing a lis pendens may expose filer to claim if the underlying lawsuit was filed in bad faith

In Havilah Real Property Services, LLC v. VLK, LLC, et al., the D.C Court of Appeals recently addressed the merits of litigation and the privilege associated with the recordation of lis pendens in a lengthy dispute between Havilah and VLK that was directly related to a personal dispute between... Read More >

How the ‘Drummer Boy’ Decision May Affect Us Locally

The D.C. Court of Appeals recently ruled that the super-priority status given to six months’ worth of condominium liens under D.C. Code sec. 42-1903.13 can wipe out all other liens on the condo   unit, including a first-position mortgage, but that Court has not yet determined whether the six months... Read More >

DC: L&T Insufficiency of Service of Process and Insufficient Intent to Occupy to Terminate Leasehold

Landlord’s claim to occupy premises for “immediate” use fails because the intent to occupy is in the future and claim of “occupancy” also fails because Landlord only intends to occupy the property sporadically, which falls short of constituting “occupancy”. Service upon a spouse in a residence without further inquiry by process server does not constitute service upon the defendant... Read More >

Mayor Gray Has Signed Bill Into Law Moving Electric Feeder Wires Underground

The Electric Company Infrastructure Improvement Financing Act of 2013 has been signed into law. Mayor Gray has signed a historic power line bill, B20-387: the Electric Company Infrastructure Improvement Financing Act of 2013, into law. Prompted by concerns that certain electric feeder lines are prone to damage during winds and storms, the District may finance the one billion dollar price... Read More >

Online Filing – Income and Expense Report DC and Building Permits.

DC moves its technology forward to facilitate easy on-line filing. Commercial property owners can anticipate receipt of notification from OTR that on-line filing of Income and Expense forms is available. While online filing will be option for this year, it will be mandatory next year. The due date for the form remains unchanged: April 15. The paper forms are available at the OTR website... Read More >