The D.C. Department of (DCRA) launched an aggressive campaign in 2007 to identify all vacant properties in the District and to encourage property owners to return their properties to a good and productive use.
As with any new initiative, there were some bumps in the road.
With the new tax bills hitting property owner’s mailboxes tomorrow, we want to assure you that new quality control measures have been implemented to avoid the same issues that property owners lamented about this past spring.
We have revamped the DCRA Web site to include answers to important and frequently asked questions, an updated list of properties classified as vacant and more accessible information on how to contact us to request an exemption and/or corrections.
You can be assured that it was not our intent to cause undue stress for property owners.
DCRA is working closely with property owners to ensure compliance with the District’s vacant property registration law and to correct any errors that have been made. Property owners who feel their property was incorrectly classified as vacant and recently received a tax bill at the vacant tax rate are encouraged to contact DCRA immediately at (202) 442-4332.
Additional information, vacant property registration forms and the appeal process are available online at www.dcra.dc.gov under “Vacant Property.”
We hope that you’ll help us communicate this information to your readers. Call me at anytime to chat. We would love to have your support in our efforts.
Public Information Officer
Office of the Director
Dept. of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
941 North Capitol Street, NE Suite 9500
Washington, DC 20002