• Current through October 23, 2012

When a person detains possession of real property without right, or after his right to possession has ceased, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, on complaint under oath verified by the person aggrieved by the detention, or by his agent or attorney having knowledge of the facts, may issue a summons in English and Spanish to the party complained of to appear and show cause why judgment should not be given against him for the restitution of possession.

(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 581, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1; July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 560, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 145(g)(1); June 29, 1984, D.C. Law 5-90, § 2(a), 31 DCR 2537.)


Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-1501.

1973 Ed., § 16-1501.

Legislative History of Laws

Law 5-90, the "Eviction Procedures Act of 1984," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 5-134, which was referred to the Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on April 10, 1984, and April 30, 1984, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on May 9, 1984, it was assigned Act No. 5-131 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for review.