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A Crumbling Home

At a troubled Southeast apartment complex, tenants have reported no heat or gas, a falling ceiling, cracked walls, mice and a defective water heater in recent years. The owner says he's made repairs in recent months, but wants tenants to leave so that he can sell the building.

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Landlords' Exemption Might Be Repealed
Article | D.C. Council members Jim Graham and Mary M. Cheh called yesterday for emergency legislation to repeal a 28-year-old provision in District law that they say encourages property owners to drive tenants from rent-controlled apartments.
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A Failure in Enforcement
Article | The District agency entrusted with protecting tenants has routinely overlooked decrepit and dangerous conditions at rent-controlled apartment buildings in recent years despite claims that landlords were letting buildings rot to force families out.

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