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I live in a very affordable and convenient apartment building in Arlington. My friends give me shit about living in the suburbs and I tell them to shut up: my building is just as economically and racially diverse as most of the blocks my friends live on in D.C., and there’s pho within walking distance. Anyway, now I have another element of street cred: my building is falling apart. Well, at least the elevator is. The single car, which I rely on to reach my 8th floor apartment, breaks down several times a week. Sometimes the repairs happen in an  hour, sometimes it takes a day. Occasionally, I’ve had to use the stairs for several days. I called the local inspection office and they told me I had no recourse: so long as the management company fixes the problem, I have no standing to file a complaint. Can this be right?