DC landlords skirt rent control laws by offering discounts, like a month of free rent, and then raising rents in the following year based on what the rent would have been without the discount. (CityPaper) Twitter
TOPA gone too far?
A renter in Capitol Hill is using DC’s Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) to auction off her rights to purchase the house she rents, rather than purchasing it herself. Is this an abuse of TOPA? (UrbanTurf) Twitter
A number of LED billboards popping up around downtown DC don’t have the right permits. Attorney General Karl Racine filed a lawsuit to get the media company responsible for installing the signs to remove them. (DCist) Twitter
More carpool competition
Google is rolling out its own carpool service, Waze Carpool, with a pilot in San Francisco. The service aims to match up commuters, and will reimburse drivers only for the cost of gas and wear-and-tear. (CityLab) Twitter