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DC Condo Conversions

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The DC Condo Conversion Guide

Let's first determine Exemption or Election.


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 owner submits an Application for Registration with the DCRA. Fees are due upon filing.


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.

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.


The owner obtains a Commitment Letter from their lender/source of capital or Proof of Funds if the owner is using their own capital.


The owner provides a list of all subcontractors and vendors involved in the conversion.


The Owner files the Application for Registration with DCRA. The application is subject to a 60 day review period.


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Network of private lenders available.

Network of highly skilled Realtors for off-market deals.

Does Smart Settlements have experience with FIRPTA?

Absolutely. Although we can take care of the filing and submission of FIRTPA for you, it is important that you understand what the Foreign Investment Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) is and when it applies to a real estate transaction. You can always contact one of our experts to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding FIRPTA.

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