This week, the members of the District of Columbia City Council reconvened for their first, post-recess meeting of the Committee of the Whole.
During the session, which began promptly at 11 a.m., Councilmember Bonds introduced four pieces of legislation: the Rental Unit Fee Adjustment Amendment Act, which raises the annual Rental Unit Fee from to $25 to $30 in order to help fund the exemption of low-income, elderly, and tenants with disabilities from rent increases due to landlord petitions; the Rental Housing Registration Update Amendment Act of 2017, which updates the requirements for the registration of rent control housing accommodations, in order to provide stakeholders with up-to-date market data and a more accurate outlook on the District’s current rent control housing stock; the Public Housing Resident Bill of Rights Amendment Act, which proposes to compile and make readily available a complete list of the most important local and federal rights of public housing residents; and the “Child Water Safety Amendment Act”, which requires that all children 5 and under, at any childhood development center, wear a United States Coast Guard approved personal flotation device when they are within 50 feet of an unsecured water facility more than one foot in depth.
Councilmember Bonds also supported Ward 3 Councilwoman Mary Cheh by co-introducing the Rent Discount Clarification Amendment Act. This proposal amends the Rental Housing Act of 1985 by addressing rent concessions that are increasingly used by housing providers to attract new renters.
Each of the aforementioned bills were referred to the Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization, except for the Child Water Safety Act, which was referred to the Committee on Education.
Councilmember Bonds has expressed her desire for immediate action in regards to the Rent Discount Clarification Amendment Act and the Child Water Safety Act.