DC Council Bill Targets Diplomatic Properties

The DC Council is considering a bill that would direct the city to prepare and make public every six months a list of dilapidated properties owned by foreign governments, according to The Washington Post. The bill aims to address citizen complaints about run-down properties in NW DC that hold diplomatic status. Such properties are considered foreign soil and are not subject to the zoning and building codes that govern real estate in the District. Diplomatic status also exempts properties from taxes including property taxes ($0.85/$100 in assessed value (residential) and up to $1.85/$100 in assessed value (commercial)) and vacant or blighted property tax rates of $5 and $10 per $100 of assessed value, respectively.

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