Thursday, December 13, 2007

Life in Mount Vernon Square: Vacant Property Meeting

"OTR was automatically retaining old Class 3 tax exemptions despite receiving updated listings from DCRA. (This explains why only 11 properties were changed to the higher rate this year. And why Sendar's Smelly Whore Cafe is still inexplicably exempted after 10 years.) This is being corrected.
OTR the process of some personnel changes."

Strangely, OTR was not included in the meeting. Great work by the community, i.e., Si, Brian, David, and everyone else that contributed! Keep up the pressure.

619 14th Street, NW

Formerly the National Bank of Washington
Not listed in OTR's online tax records.
Listed as vacant by DCRA in 2004.
Square 253 lot 67

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

DC Code 42-3131.06. Registration of vacant buildings

(a) Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c) of this section, the owner of a vacant building shall maintain the building in compliance with the requirements of § 42-3131.12 and, within 30 days after it becomes a vacant building, register the building with the Mayor, and pay the registration fee. The Mayor, in his sole discretion, may extend the time for good cause.

(b) A vacant building shall not be subject to the registration and fee requirements if it is:

(1) Owned by the government of the United States or its instrumentalities;

(2) Owned by a foreign government or its instrumentalities;

(3) Under construction or undergoing rehabilitation, renovation, or repair, and if there is a valid building permit that was issued within 60 days of the required registration date; provided, that the scope of the permit is not limited to electrical or plumbing work; provided further, that this exemption shall not exceed one year from the date of issuance of the first building permit for rehabilitation, renovation or repair;

(4) In compliance with the requirements of § 42-3131.12 and the housing regulations of the District of Columbia and the owner or his agent has been actively seeking to rent or sell it; provided, that the time period for sale or rent shall not exceed one year from the initial listing, offer, or advertisement of sale, or 90 days from the initial listing, offer, or advertisement to rent; or

(5) Exempted by the Mayor, in his or her sole discretion, for good cause.

(c) If a vacant building is owned by the District of Columbia or its instrumentalities, it shall be subject to the registration requirements in subsection (a) of this section and the maintenance requirements in § 42-3131.12, but shall not be subject to the fee requirements under subsection (a) of this section or the fines and penalties collected under § 42-3131.10.

(d) If a present interest in a vacant building registered under this chapter is transferred or otherwise conveyed, a deed shall not be recorded by the Recorder of Deeds until a new registration is filed with the Mayor and the applicable fees are paid.

(e) If the name or address of an owner of a vacant building changes for any reason other than by transfer or conveyance, the change shall be reported to the Mayor in writing within 30 days.