Real Estate, Housing and Land Use

Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section Annual Report — January 6, 2014

In General
The Real Estate Housing and Land Use (REHLU) Section has 1,190 members (as of July 2013) and has three standing committees: Legislative (Roy Kaufmann, Chair), Transaction (John E. Reid, Chair) and Landlord and Tenant (Joshua M. Greenberg and Marc Borbely, Cochairs). The steering committee meets on a monthly basis. To the extent the committee chairs and cochairs of the committees are not also members of the steering committee, they attend steering committee meetings on an as needed basis.
Committee Activities
During the 2012-2013 year, the REHLU Section hosted one luncheon and one evening program. The REHLU Section fully co-sponsored with the Estates, Trusts and Probate Section a very successful luncheon program and expects to host approximately four more luncheon programs and our annual update program during the 2013-2014 year, including a reprise of our Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act program, which is traditionally our most well-attended program.

On September 27, 2012, we hosted a luncheon program, the Rental Housing Act: An Inside Look at the Hearing Process and Landlord Registration. Program attendance was very strong and lead to lively discussions among the panelists and with the attendees. We enlisted speakers from different disciplines and viewpoints to present a balanced program, including Keith Anderson, with D.C.'s Department of Housing and Community Development's Rental Accommodation Division, Judge Nicholas Cobbs, with OAH and Carol Blumenthal, a private practitioner who has practiced on both sides of the process.

We hosted our annual updates program on April 17, 2013 at The City Club of Washington. As always, our members look forward to this annual program to network, learn the latest developments in legislation and case law, and our presentation on matters of interest that we change from year to year. This year's program included an overview of the state of the commercial leasing market and projections of future activity by Petch Gibbons and a presentation by Jeffrey Miller, Director of Property with the Deputy Mayor's Office for Planning and Economic Development.
CLE and Special Activities
The REHLU Section did not hold any CLE programs during the 2012-2013 bar year, as we determined that there were no topics that seemed to easily lend themselves to the CLE format. We continue to co-sponsor a number of CLE and other programs with other sections that might be relevant to our members' practices in order to broaden the types of programs made available to our members.
Community Outreach
The REHLU Section continued its budgeted sponsorship and support of the annual Youth Law Fair in the spring and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program Training in Landlord/Tenant Practice and Rent Control in D.C.
D.C. Practice Manual
The REHLU Section, as in prior years, edited certain chapters of the Bar's annual D.C. Practice Manual.
D.C. Bar Listserv E–mail List
Through the end of the 2012-2013 Bar year, the REHLU Section was one of the pilot sections for this excellent communications tool. The steering committee continued to encourage its members to use this tool to disseminate information and discuss current topics. We used this forum to poll our membership to determine what programs might be of interest, and our Rental Housing Act program was based on the feedback we received.