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Second Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Friday, November 20, 2020

On November 20, 2020, the RHC published a second notice of proposed rulemaking in the DC Register for a public comment period expiring on January 15, 2021, which is now extended to February 16, 2021. During that time between the publication of the first and second notices of proposed rulemaking, the Commission reviewed the extensive comments, posted above, from several organizations and individuals, generally advocating for the interests of either tenants or housing providers.

The majority of comments addressed Chapter 42, the rules implementing the Rent Stabilization Program, and those comments were particularly focused on the various terms used to regulate “rent” or the “rent charged,” the timing of rent increases, and the processes and standards for approving voluntary agreements. 

View a “redline” markup of changes from the first to second proposed rulemakings here.  All parties wishing to comment on this proposed rulemaking are encouraged to review the previously-received comments and to reply regarding the Commission’s proposed incorporation of any recommended changes. This second proposed rulemaking includes changes based on public comments received on the First Proposed Rulemaking and the Commission’s further review, in cooperation with interagency partners at the Rental Accommodations Division of the Department of Housing and Community Development as well as the Office of Administrative Hearings.