Rental Housing Commission


Total public members:       3

Method of Appointment:   Appointed by Mayor, confirmed by Council

2017 Appointments:            0

Paid board:                         Yes, full time salary ($101,658 to $143,467)

Residency:                         Must be DC resident



DHCD serves District residents through enforcement of the Rental Housing Act of 1985, as amended, in order to preserve and increase the supply of quality affordable housing. The Rental Housing Commission is charged with enforcement of the Act.

Although the Commission is an independent quasi-judicial body, it has direct reporting responsibility to DHCD on administrative, management and budgetary matters. Its duties are to:

  • Issue, amend and rescind regulations that are promulgated for enforcement of the Act;
  • Certify and publish the annual adjustment of general applicability to rents and/or rent ceilings, which adjustment is based upon annual changes (if any) in the consumer Price Index for the applicable region in which the District of Columbia is located; and
  • Decide appeals brought to the Commission from the Rent Administrator and the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).

There are currently 2 immediate openings on the RHC.  This commissioners must be eligible for full time employment with District of Columbia.  Candidates can not have conflicts or cases before the commission.  ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA RESIDENTS AND MUST BE A MEMBER OF THE DC BAR.


The Rental Housing Commission shall be composed of 3 persons admitted to practice before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. All members of the Rental Housing Commission shall be residents of the District for the past 3 years, and a lawyer barred with the DC Court of Appeals. No member shall be either a housing provider or a tenant.


To be eligible, you must have at least one of the following background skills sets:

  1. Litigation, preferably including both appellate practice demonstrated by written work product and exposure to the concerns of pro se litigants;
  2. Administrative law, preferably in an area of complex regulation; or
  3. Housing law, preferably in the area of rental housing and rent control or rent stabilization.    
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