As it was one of the first D.C. departments to embrace the advantages of Web 2.0, it's no surprise that the District Department of Consumer Regulatory Affairs has come up with another tool to help District residents learn about their surroundings. It's PIVS, or the Property Information Verification System, and it can tell you anything from whether a landlord has the right license to rent to what a property is zoned for.
Where can this come in handy for Georgetown and Burleith residents? Well, now residents who wonder whether the landlord of the unkempt student rental next door is properly licensed to rent his slovenly property, you can check.
Even though the DCRA has told The Hoya that most local properties abide by rental codes, in January, the agency sent notices to over 120 landlords it believed were renting to students in D.C. illegally. One student told The Hoya that his home received several foreclosure notices in the mail.
Could that be the case with the house next door to you? Let us know in the comments if this tool sounds an alarm for you!