Code of the District of Columbia

§ 16–1501. Definition; summons.

(a) When a person detains possession of real property without right, or after his right to possession has ceased, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, on complaint under oath verified by the person aggrieved by the detention, or by his agent or attorney having knowledge of the facts, may issue a summons in English and Spanish to the party complained of to appear and show cause why judgment should not be given against him for the restitution of possession.

(b) During a period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to [§ 7-2304.01], and for 60 days thereafter, the person aggrieved shall not file a complaint seeking relief pursuant to this section.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 581, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1; July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 560, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 145(g)(1); June 29, 1984, D.C. Law 5-90,§ 2(a), 31 DCR 2537; June 8, 2020, D.C. Act 23-328, § 404(a)(1), 67 DCR 7598.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 16-1501.

1973 Ed., § 16-1501.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 15-318, § 16-1502, and § 42-3602.

Cross References

Ejectment actions, see § 42-3210.

Forcible entry and detainer, see § 22-3301.

Remedies of purchaser upon refusal to deliver possession, see § 15-318.

Sufferance estates, see § 42-520.