D.C. lawmakers next week will consider allowing the first evictions since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, perhaps letting landlords evict tenants they deem dangerous to their neighbors.
The D.C. Council is set to vote Tuesday on an emergency bill from Councilwoman Anita Bonds, D-At large, that would add a “public safety” exception to the city’s eviction moratorium. The eviction ban has been in place for more than a year, but landlords have increasingly agitated for some easing of that restriction as the pandemic has dragged on.
The bill would let a property owner pursue an eviction if a tenant has attacked or threatened neighbors, or been found with an illegal firearm in their apartment. It gives judges the chance to consider whether a tenant “presents a current and substantial threat to the health and safety” to other residents or apartment management in deciding whether to allow an eviction to proceed.