D.C. targets real estate company for allegations of property neglect

By Mark Iandolo | May 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced April 25 a lawsuit against the owners and managers of an apartment building at 2724 11th St NW for allegations of neglect and forcing tenants to live in a place with long-term infestations of vermin and mold.

The defendants in the lawsuit are Jefferson-11th Street LLC, SCF Management LLC, Stanley Ford Sr. and Ellis J. Parker. The property, which has 26 units, is allegedly violating a variety of district real estate codes on an ongoing basis. According to Racine’s office, the violations include bedbug and rat infestations, inadequate heating and safety facilities, and extreme mold contamination due to unidentified leaks. Racine’s office claims these violations are a threat to human health.

Racine’s lawsuit seeks a receivership for the building, abatement of a public nuisance, restitution of rent payments for tenants and penalties.

“We will continue to seek justice against property owners who violate district law,” Racine said. “Our office is committed to preserving existing affordable housing and ensuring that all tenants have access to the safe, habitable living conditions that they are entitled to under district law.”

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