Yes, the DC Real Estate Commission regulates against ethically/legally misleading information on listings. You or your agent can file a complaint against the listing agent. That's if it was advertised in the MRIS system. If it was just in a newspaper, on CraigsList or a flier and posted by the owner, then you may have no recourse.
You can check the legal definitions with the housing authority or the tax office in DC, but the basics are that the ceiling must be 7.5 feet tall, there must be a door (or doors) that closes it from the rest of the house, there must be a closet and there must be a window large enough to allow a fireman with all his equipment on to gain entry to the room. A legal basement apartment also must meet the above requirements, plus have a separate door to the outside a separate kitchen with sink, stove and fridge, and it's own full bath.
If you are not working with a Buyer's Agent, then I would welcome the opportunity to interview for the job. As always, my services are paid for by the seller at closing as the commission and free to buyer clients. I am licensed in DC, MD and VA, so I can help you no matter where you want to look.
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This is an unfortunate incident that happens time and again. However in DC because there is so much renovation going on often the items listed in the advertising should say "could be" or "possible". As was stated by the other posters if this was an agent who is listing the property you have some recourse and the proper steps were listed, if not then its just another day in real estate. Either way lets move forward to your goal "Finding You Your Home of Choice"! If you would like to have the ability to search the web the way we do as Realtors' click the link below and search on my website for free and even set up your own search terms. If you see something you like give me a call I would be more than happy to assist!
All the Best!
We could probably add to that other "fun" stuff like "ocean view" (no view, even if stick your head out the window), zero for condo maintenance fee (when it is over a thousand dollars), 2 parking spaces when there is one, pets allowed when they are not, etc. etc.
We all wish that all fields in MLS were required fields (have to be filled out), as a minimum - making search much more productive for everyone. Recently, we had a "fact check" established in our MLS - but if you use it, explaining the error, nothing changes...the realtor who made a mistake (or put the wrong info in) is notified, yet, he does nothing on the wrong info...
This is a major issue - and thank you for bringing this up!
Beachfront Realty, Inc.