Councilmember Anita Bonds introduces Property Manager Licensing Amendment Act

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July 12, 2017

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   Councilmember Anita Bonds introduces

Property Manager Licensing Amendment Act of 2017


WASHINGTON, DC –At yesterday’s Council Legislative Session, At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds introduced the “Property Manager Licensing Amendment Act of 2017” to clarify the scope of practice for licensed property managers. The bill also creates pre-licensure education requirements for all applicants seeking to possess a property manager license in the District of Columbia.

Property Managers are responsible for the day to day maintenance and condition of properties throughout the District, however, many fail to obtain the proper licensing or training. This bill helps clarify the role of Property Manager, and will ensure that they are better positioned to fulfill their essential functions to the residents of the properties for which they are responsible,” stated At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds.

This bill would amend the property manager licensing law in three primary ways.

1) The bill clarifies the scope of practice for licensed property managers by establishing definitions and addressing any existing ambiguity surrounding who must hold a property manager license.

2) The bill strengthens the eligibility requirements for obtaining a property manager license by adding a mandatory pre-licensure education component to ensure that property managers are better prepared to fulfill their duties which are significantly different between managing rental properties and common interest communities.

3) The bill removes from law a current provision that allows licensed real estate brokers to automatically meet the educational and examination requirements for the property manager license.

The Property Manager Licensing Amendment Act of 2017 was co-introduced by Councilmember Trayon White and was co-sponsored by Councilmembers Grosso, Todd, and Gray.