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– initial on page 4 that you will check the smoke detectors,
– initial on page 8 at c.) and d.) that you have received the Landlord-Tenant Regulations, Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home, Tenant Rights Under the District’s Lead Law, and District of Columbia Tenant Bill of Rights,
– then sign and date the lease at the bottom right on page 8.
– On page 10, read the information that has been completed about the property by the landlord and the please complete Section C and sign on the bottom of the page.
You will need to set up the utilities specified in the lease:
- Electricity: PEPCO, 202-833-7500, www.PEPCO.com; set it up for the day before your move in to make sure the lights are on when you open the door.
- Gas: Washington Gas, 703-750-1000, www.WashingtonGas.com.
- Water: For many properties with multiple units, water/sewer is included in the rent. For houses, the DC Water bill may come to the house addressed to Owner/Occupant. You do not need to change it. DC Water is connected to the actual property and therefore does not remove the name of the owner from the account until the property is sold and transferred to a new owner. DC Water will only allow tenants to have 3rd party access to the account. Depending on the service dates your first bill may only be partially yours and partially the owners. In this case please let the manager on the first page of the lease know to pro-rate the bill. You’ll otherwise just pay the bill as it comes. If a bill does not come within four weeks, contact your manager/landlord to get the account number to set up a payment through DC Water’s Portal.
- Telephone: You may also need to establish a land-line phone if you’re using an older security system. Yarmouth will be able to provide this information at lease signing. In some condos, you may need a local phone number to access the intercom. In both of these cases, you can use whatever low-cost, local-only phone service you can find.