Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs (COLTA)

Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs (COLTA)

The Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs (COLTA) is a quasi-judicial body created by the Takoma Park City Council and empowered to adjudicate complaints for violations of Chapter 6.16 City Code & Charter link icon (Landlord-Tenant Relations) and Chapter 6.20 City Code & Charter link icon (Rent Stabilization) of the Takoma Park Code. COLTA rules on petitions for rent increases above the rent stabilization allowance and on appeals from the City Manager’s decision to deny, suspend or revoke a rental housing or commercial license.

Written COLTA complaints are filed with the city’s Landlord-Tenant Division and heard by the Commission only after tenants or landlords cannot reach an accord following the Landlord-Tenant Division’s efforts to resolve their dispute. After hearing a case, a panel of three COLTA Commissioners determine if a violation has occurred. Approximately 30 days after the hearing, a written decision is mailed to the parties. The Commission’s written decision (Opinion & Order) may be appealed to the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. Failure to comply with a Commission Opinion and Order may result in enforcement action by the City.

COLTA has issued Opinions and Orders addressing a range of landlord-tenant issues including security deposit refunds, illegal rent increases, defective tenancy, and notices to vacate.

COLTA Case Summaries

COLTA Cases - Fair Return Rent Increase Petition

240 Manor Circle

Date

Friday, July 26, 2013

Issue

Landlord filed a Fair Return Rent Increase petition on 7/26/13 for a higher rent increase above the annual Rent Stabilization Allowance.

COLTA Decision

After review of the required documentation submitted by the landlord, an $89 rent increase was approved by COLTA’s rents analyst on 10/30/13 for the individual units at the property.  The fair return rent increase replaces the 1.4% annual Rent Stabilization Allowance that the landlord can take during the 7/1/13-6/30/14 recording period.

Post Decision Action(s)

None.

Hillwood Manor Apartments

Date

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Issue

Landlord filed a Fair Return Rent Increase Petition on 12/20/12 requesting a rent increase above the annual Rent Stabilization Allowance.

COLTA Decision

A 14.3% rent increase was awarded on 7/18/12 with fair return rent increases ranging from $90.38 to $181.97 for the individual units. This increase is in addition to the annual rent stabilization increases imposed each year.

Post Decision Action(s)

None.

Carroll Gardens Apartments

Date

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Issue

Landlord filed a Fair Return Rent Increase Petition on 11/14/11 requesting a rent increase above the annual Rent Stabilization Allowance.

COLTA Decision

A 6% rent increase was awarded on 4/19/12 with fair return rent increases ranging from $41.70 to $60.48 for the individual units. This increase is in addition to the annual rent stabilization increases imposed each year.

Post Decision Action(s)

None.

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