Schuman Morgenthaler represents property managers and owners of residential and commercial properties in the District of Columbia and Maryland. We have an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale Hubbell. Our clients range from large property management companies to individual landlords. Landlord representation has been the firm’s focus for four decades. Our experienced and dedicated attorneys and support staff work cohesively to provide clients with diligent, thoughtful and effective representation. Schuman Morgenthalers’ services include the following:

Suits for possession: Much of our practice involves preparing and appearing for failure to pay rent, breach of lease, and other suits for possession in Landlord and Tenant Court. We advise clients regarding the most sensible ways to resolve disputed matters. If a case must go to trial, we have extensive litigation experience.

Rental housing regulations: We have extensive knowledge of the District of Columbia housing regulations, including those relating to rent control. We regularly represent landlords in Tenant Petition proceedings at the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Housing Conditions Court: We represent landlords sued by tenants in the Housing Conditions Court in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

Lease agreements: Our firm drafts and reviews lease agreements to ensure compliance with applicable law.

Federally subsidized housing: We represent a number of properties that participate in the project-based Section 8 and other HUD programs. Our extensive knowledge of HUD regulations and related case law enables us to assist clients regarding a gamut of issues unique to subsidized housing. We also have much experience with the Housing Choice Voucher Program and assisting clients with problems that arise out of participation in the program.

Limited equity cooperatives: Our clients include a number of limited equity cooperatives. We assist in collection of carrying charges, membership termination and bylaw compliance.

Fair Housing: We advise clients regarding fair housing pertaining to management practices and policies, including requests for reasonable accommodations.

Collections: We file suits for money judgments based on unpaid rents and other damages arising out of tenancies.

Tenant Bankruptcies: If a tenant files for bankruptcy during a court proceeding, we advise clients as to whether it is necessary to file a motion to lift stay in Bankruptcy Court, and if so, prepare such a motion.