A story in Monday's editions about new laws in Virginia incorrectly said the number of rental units a landlord must own to be subject to provisions of the state's landlord-tenant act was reduced from 10 to four. The bill failed when Senate and House conferees could not agree on amendments.
Woodrow Boggs Jr., a close adviser to D.C. City Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis (D-Ward 4), was hired as a consultant by a major real estate industry lobbying group five days after Jarvis took the lead in pushing through controversial legislation favored by the industry to revise the city's rent control law.
The Apartment and Office Building Association hired Boggs on May 5, 1985, and agreed to pay him $5,000 to analyze the new rent control legislation, Donald Slatton, the association's executive director, said yesterday.
Slatton said Boggs was paid an additional $5,000 last summer by the association and other real estate and business groups to assist them in their unsuccessful effort to block a referendum sponsored by tenants groups opposed to the new rent control law.
Slatton said the two payments to Boggs by real estate groups had nothing to do with Boggs' ties to Jarvis and were not related to her role in winning City Council approval of the rent control revisions. Boggs, who has worked as a housing consultant, was retained "because of his experience in the housing field," Slatton said.
City Council Chairman David A. Clarke and other council members said they are troubled that Boggs -- Jarvis' top political adviser and frequent social companion -- has done business with groups lobbying or doing business with the city.
Some members have questioned whether Jarvis, chairman of the Housing and Community Development Committee, has steered firms to Boggs and whether Boggs has sought to exploit his relationship with her to obtain consulting contracts.
The Washington Post reported last week that Jarvis had directed representatives of five major bank holding companies to meet with Boggs to discuss how to win council approval to open or acquire banks in the District, although Boggs has no official connection with the City Council.
Citicorp, the New York banking giant, subsequently disclosed that a Citicorp vice president in charge of the bank's lobbying of the D.C. government had authorized the payment of $28,200 in bank funds to Boggs.
The U.S. attorney's office has decided to begin an investigation of Boggs' and Jarvis' involvement with the out-of-state bank companies, according to a law enforcement source. The office also will assist D.C. police in their investigation of possible misuse of contributions to Jarvis' 1984 reelection campaign, the source said.
Albert Turkus, an attorney for Jarvis' 1984 campaign committee, said yesterday that Boggs performed the work he was hired to do on behalf of the real estate industry on both occasions.
Landlords and real estate brokers lobbied intensely last year to derail a bill supported by Clarke that would have extended the city's existing rent control law for another four years.
In the final days before a crucial Council vote on April 16, 1985, opponents of the Clarke measure fashioned a bare seven-vote majority to brush aside Clarke's plan and adopt amendments favored by landlords. Jarvis supported that measure.
The council gave final approval to the legislation on April 30.
Slatton said, "Mrs. Jarvis had nothing whatsoever to do" with the apartment association's decision to hire Boggs on May 5. "She has never referred him to me," Slatton said.
Slatton said the association along with the Greater Washington Board of Trade and other industry groups hired Boggs in the summer of 1985 to supervise volunteers hired to review petitions submitted to the city by tenants groups seeking the referendum to challenge the new rent control law.
Slatton said Boggs was hired because of his previous political experience with elections.