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A locally elected mayor and a 13 member council have governed the District since 1973. However, the Congress maintains supreme authority over the city and may overturn local laws. DC residents elect a non-voting, at-large congressional delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, but the District has no representation in the U.S. Senate. The District receives three electoral votes in presidential elections as permitted by the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified in 1961.
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Landlords and property managers are subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act [PDF] (FCRA) during the tenant screening process. Additionally, District Of Columbia has laws that affect the tenant screening process. You can find the current District Of Columbia Housing Codes on the Secretary Of The District Of Columbia website. If you are finding the formalities of this code daunting, you might want to check out these friendlier sites:
In June of 2014, the DC Council unanimously passed a bill that would, for the first time ever, require landlords to address mold in rental housing. The new law will require landlords to remediate mold once tenants report it, authorize DDOE to issue regulations establishing a threshold level of mold above which professional remediation will be required, require companies performing mold assessment or remediation to be licensed by DDOE, allow the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to issue housing code violation notices and allow tenants in lawsuits to argue that such violations exist based on a professional finding of mold above the DDOE threshold, and allows tenants to seek rent abatement, reimbursement of costs, attorney's fees, and in some cases, treble damages when a landlord fails to remediate mold above the DDOE threshold after receiving notice. DC Air Quality Amendment Act Of 2014
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