(Washington, DC) David A. Clark, director of the District's Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), today announced a comprehensive outreach plan to educate area college students and others on the District's health and safety codes relative to DC housing laws.
Yesterday, DCRA inspectors continued to attempt life safety compliance inspections of Georgetown properties near the university. The inspections resulted in the complete closure of 3314 Prospect Street, NW, and the evacuation of five students. To date, approximately 38 students have been relocated with the assistance of university officials.
Agency inspectors were able to successfully access 33 of the 93 properties targeted on October 19, 2004. This initial inspection resulted in the closure of six properties cited for numerous life threatening violations and the immediate removal of the tenants. Additionally, nearly 150 housing and building code violations were found.
Yesterday, Clark and Battalion Chief Palmer of the DC Fire and Emergency Services Department addressed Georgetown students and university officials. Students responded with numerous questions and requests for inspections. Clark promised that a "cross enforcement" team of inspectors from DCRA and the Fire Department would conduct expedited inspections encompassing fire and building code violations.
Clark said outreach, education, and inspections of student rental properties already in the works have been accelerated by Sunday's tragic fire in Georgetown.
DCRA is committed to facilitating sound business practices and safe development through ensuring adherence with the District's building and housing codes as well as business licensing requirements.
Students interested in having DCRA inspectors conduct life safety compliance inspections should contact DCRA at (202) 442-4400 for assistance.