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Owner Of Brightwood Building With Tenants On Rent Strike Retains Broker To Sell Property

The owner of a decrepit apartment building in Brightwood Park, Michael Lesesne, has listed the property for sale shortly after tenants started a rent strike to protest what they’ve said are unlivable conditions.

The rent strike started on October 1, and tenants held a rally in support of the strike earlier this month. At the rally, residents described living with bedbugs, cockroaches, and rats; swollen, leaking ceilings; and persistent, widespread mold growth in their units. Instead of paying rent to their landlord, tenants in 16 of the building’s 24 units have begun depositing their rent payments into an escrow account managed by the Latino Economic Development Center, an advocacy organization that has helped tenants organize other rent strikes in D.C.

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