DOCUMENTS OBTAINED VIA THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA)

Documents secured via FOIA reveal that Equity Residential likely has been inflating the rents it files with the DC Rental Accommodations Division, which then are used as the basis for rent increases. Three FOIA requests reveal that 1) Equity has been reporting implausibly high rents since for its apartments at 3003 Van Ness Street for many years 2) Equity Residential has been doing the same thing for six other properties 3) Equity Residential continued reporting these suspiciously high rents even after the Rental Housing Commission ruled that this practice is illegal in Gabriel Fineman vs. Smith Property Holdings LP.

  1. 2017- FOIA-00710: Rent filings by Equity Residential for 3003 Van Ness (2006-2016)

  2. 2017-FOIA-03141: Rent filings by Equity Residential for six additional rent-stabilized buildings

  3. 2019-FOIA-02614: Rent filings by Equity Residential for 2018 for seven rent-stabilized buildings

    • Requested January 31, 2019

    • Rent filings for the period after the Rental Housing Commission decision in Gabriel Fineman vs. Smith Property Holdings

    • 2018 rent filings for 1500 Massachusetts Avenue, Connecticut Heights (4850 Connecticut Avenue), The Calvert-Woodley (2601 Woodley Place), Alban Towers (3700 Massachusetts Avenue), Corcoran House Apartments (1616 18th Street), Cleveland House Apartments (2727 29th Street)

    • These documents show that Equity Residential continued to file implausibly high “rents charged” even in the period after the RHC ruling.