Any deposit or other payment required by an owner as security for the performance of the tenant`s obligations in a rental agreement or rental of a residential unit may not exceed an amount corresponding to the first full monthly rent charged to the tenant for the residential unit and shall be invoiced to the tenant only once by the owner. A lease in Washington, DC (District of Columbia) is a binding document between a landlord and a tenant drafted in accordance with DC`s landlord-tenant laws. The lessor undertakes to rent all (or part) of his property to a tenant for a fee, and the tenant accepts the terms of the lease. If a tenant does not pay the rent on time and in full, late fees may be incurred. There are no laws that limit the amount a landlord can charge for late fees in the District of Columbia, but a late fee policy must be stipulated in the rental agreement, otherwise the landlord cannot collect a late fee, no matter how much or how little there is. In Washington DC, a landlord must begin the eviction process by sending the tenant written notice of their breach of lease and giving them three (3) days to repair their breach or evacuate the property. If the tenant does not comply, the landlord goes to the Landlord & Tenant Court and asks for a notice of eviction from a judge. The judge will hold a hearing and the tenant will have the opportunity to defend himself. If the landlord succeeds, an eviction notice will be sent to the tenant. Unable to subscribe to the email address. Please try again.