Outdoor Maintenance

LEAF COLLECTION

LEAF COLLECTION

As autumn leaves begin to fall it is increasingly important to maintain your yards and sidewalks.  The Office of Neighborhood Life, located at 1300 36th St. NW, has rakes and brooms to help you accomplish this task.  In addition, the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) designates two to three weeks where they do leaf collection.  Here are the dates for West Georgetown, Burleith, Foxhall Villiage, and the Cloisters:

Pass Scheduled Start Date Scheduled End Date Actual End Date

 

1

 

11/23/16 11/28/16 11/27/16
2 12/21/15 12/26/15 12/23/16

Please rake your leaves during collection weeks and put them in the closest tree box.  Do not include tree limbs, bricks, dirt, rocks, etc as they may damage the equipment and delay collections.  You may also bag up your leaves and place the bags in the treebox If you have any further questions please either contact ONL at 202-687-5138 or DPW at 311 or visit their website using this link.

 

It is important to recognize that while your housing may be temporary, your neighbors may be permanent residents. They have invested a significant amount of time and money in their homes and have an understandable desire to maintain the neighborhood. Be respectful of your neighbors.

Check your lease!

Who is responsible for ensuring that your property is in compliance with these D.C. and university regulations? Your lease should state if you are responsible for leaf removal, grass and weeds maintenance or for clearing snow and ice.

If the responsibility remains with your landlord, talk to her/him about this to find out who does the mowing and weeding at your house and how often the work gets done. If the work is not getting done, let your landlord know so that your residence is not cited for violating District regulations.

Weeds and Grass

District Law

District regulations prohibit property owners from allowing grass and weeds on their premises to grow more than 10 inches in height. Failing to adhere to the rule could lead to fines of more than $500.

What's the reason for this regulation? There are serious public health considerations. Tall grass can trigger respiratory problems like asthma and allergies. In addition, rats and other vermin nest in over-growth.

Failure to comply with a Notice of Violation during the growing season may result in DCRA cleaning the property and billing the owner for cost of the cleanup. The city urges residents to report suspected violations to DCRA at (202) 442.9557 (choose option 6) or via Twitter to @dcra.

University Policy

Be mindful that keeping the grass mowed and the weeds at a minimum are critical to the public's health and well-being, and that doing so keeps the neighborhoods looking attractive. Georgetown University has an Outdoor Maintenance Policy, which states:

Students who live off campus in the District are expected to comply with District regulations on the height of grass and weeds.

Any violation of these rules may result in a Code of Student Conduct charge, with fines and work sanction hours being imposed.

Student Conduct Trash & Property Maintenance Sanctioning Guide 2015-2016

Student Conduct Noise Sanctioning Guide 2015-2016

Snow and Ice

District Regulations

Residents are responsible for clearing sidewalks. With your safety in mind, District law requires property owners to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, handicap ramps, and steps abutting their property within the first eight daylight hours after the snow, sleet or ice stops falling. Also, it is your responsibility to apply ice melt once the snow/ice has been removed from your property.

University Policy

Georgetown University cares about safety and expects students who live off campus to do their part in clearing the walkways and steps around their house in a timely manner. To ensure that students are meeting their responsibilities, Georgetown University has an Outdoor Maintenance Policy, which states:

Off-campus students are expected to comply with D.C. regulations on snow and ice removal.

Any violation of these rules may result in a Code of Student Conduct charge, with fines and work sanction hours being imposed.

Student Conduct Trash & Property Maintenance Sanctioning Guide 2015-2016

Student Conduct Noise Sanctioning Guide 2015-2016