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I would like to commend the Washington City Paper and Ryan Grim for its recent story and continuing coverage of the fight to protect rent control. I would like to add two points:
1) At a D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition candidates forum held at UDC on June 17, 2002, I had the chance to ask Sharon Ambrose (who then oversaw DCRA for the D.C. Council) about the “Harried letter” my landlord received. I asked Ambrose why DCRA was giving the landlord the green light to sell the building (located at 701 K St. NE) without giving us tenants the opportunity to buy the building (the infamous 95/5 scam). Ambrose acted as if she’d never heard of such letters or of such a loophole and said she would put a stop to the letters.
2) Even if Linda Harried thought that the sales were legal, there was nothing forcing her to write these letters to landlords.
Tel Aviv, Israel