The DC Condo Conversion Guide – Step 1
Step 1A) Exemption or Election
Is the property vacant?
The property owner files a Request for Vacancy Exemption with the DCRA.
The owner applies for a new Certificate of Occupancy.
No Conversion Fee is due.
The property owner files a Request for Tenant Election to Convert and delivers notice to tenants (in both English and Spanish). From date of notice, tenants may establish Tenant Organization within 30 days; the election must be conducted within 60 days. If no election is held, the owner may convert the property without further notice to tenants.
A Conversion Fee of 5% of the sales price of each unit will be paid when the deeds are recorded.
The owner submits an Application for Registration with the DCRA. Fees are due upon filing.
Step 1B) Lot Zoning
Is the property designated as an 800 Series lot by the DC Office of Tax and Revenue?
The owner files a Request for Subdivision with the DC Office of the Surveyor.
The plat is signed by the property owner and all trustees listed on the Deed of Trust. If the property owner is a corporation, the plat is signed by 2 officers designated by the charter to act for the corporation. The owner also prepays all taxes due through the next tax period.
The request is reviewed by the DC Office of Tax and Revenue, the DCRA Zoning Administrator, and the DC Office of the Surveyor. Upon approval, the Subdivision Plat is recorded.
Proceed to Step 2.