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A factor that may potentially loom larger, though, is the applicability of DC's Fair Housing laws. DC has some terrific protections in place to ensure that people who want to buy or rent a home are judged SOLELY by their ability to pay. It's a great law - not only does it help to prevent discrimination for just about any reason whatsoever, but it also recognizes individual freedoms and property rights, and says that in certain, very select circumstances it may be OK for a property owner to decide that they don't want to sell or rent their home to _______. If this is your only apartment and if you DON'T use an agent, then you'll be exempt from some of the requirements.
If the ONLY criterion that is important to you is whether a prospective tenant will be able to pay the rent, then good on ya! Using an agent might be a great way to go. BUT if ANY other factor might be a concern for you, be sure to look at the list of protected classes in DC to make sure there isn't a prohibition against using that as a criterion: http://ohr.dc.gov/publication/protected-traits-dc
If you do rent your apartment (and whether you use an agent or not), make sure to follow all of the laws. To legally rent an apartment in DC, you have to register it and get a business license. This is regulated by DCRA; they are very helpful if you do decide to move forward on your own. I would also make sure that you become familiar with DC's very strong tenant protections. A summary can be found at the following link: http://ota.dc.gov/publication/tenant-survival-guide
Best of luck!