D.C. Law 23-173. Certificate of Assurance Moratorium Temporary Amendment Act of 2020.


To amend, on a temporary basis, the Rental Housing Act of 1985 to enact a one-year moratorium on applications for and the Mayor's issuance of a Certificate of Assurance.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Certificate of Assurance Moratorium Temporary Amendment Act of 2020".

Sec. 2. The Rental Housing Act of 1985, effective July 17, 1985 (D.C. Law 6-10; D.C. Official Code §§ 42-3501.01 et seq.)), is amended by adding a new section 221a to read as follows:

"Sec. 221a. Certificate of assurance moratorium.

"Notwithstanding the requirements of section 221, no owner of a housing accommodation shall request a certificate of assurance for one year beginning on the effective date of the Certificate of Assurance Moratorium Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, passed on emergency basis on September 22, 2020 (Enrolled version of Bill 23-900) ("Act"), and the Mayor shall not issue a certificate of assurance for any request received for one year beginning on the effective date of the Act.".

Sec. 3. Fiscal impact statement.

The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement of the Budget Director as the fiscal impact

statement required by section 4a of the General Legislative Procedures Act of 1975, approved October 16, 2006 (120 Stat. 2038; D.C. Official Code § 1-301.47a).

Sec. 4. Effective date.

(a) This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), a 30 day period of congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code § 1-206.02(c)(1)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.

(b) This act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

Law Information


  • D.C. Law 23-173 (PDF)
  • 67 DCR 13228


Dec. 23, 2020

Legislative History (LIMS)

Law 23-173, the “Certificate of Assurance Moratorium Temporary Amendment Act of 2020,” was introduced in the Council and assigned Bill No. 23-901 which was retained by the Council. The bill was adopted on first and second readings on Sept. 22, 2020, and Oct. 6, 2020, respectively. After mayoral review, it was assigned Act No. 23-459 on Nov. 4, 2020, and transmitted to Congress for its review. D.C. Law 23-173 became effective Dec. 23, 2020.