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RENT COMMISSION IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEES ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES

SIXTY-EIGHTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

ON

S. 3764

A BILL TO CREATE AND ESTABLISH A COMMISSION, AS AN
INDEPENDENT ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT, TO REGULATE RENTS IN

THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

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COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

UNITED STATES SENATE

SIXTY-EIGHTH CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION

L. HEISLER BALL, Delaware, Chairman WESLEY L. JONES, Washington.

WILLIAM H. KING, Utah. ARTHUR CAPPER, Kansas.

MORRIS SHEPPARD, Texas. WALTER E. EDGE, New Jersey.

CARTER GLASS, Virginia. DAVIS ELKINS, West Virginia.

AUGUSTUS 0. STANLEY, Kentucky. FRANK R. GOODING, Idaho.

ROYAL S, COPELAND, New York.
OVINGTON E. WELLER, Maryland.

EDWARD I. EDWARDS, New Jersey.
MILDRED A. SCHAFER, Clerk
SUBCOMMITTEE ON S. 3764

L. HEISLER BALL, Delaware, Chairman
WALTER E. EDGE, New Jersey.

ROYAL S. COPELAND, New York. WESLEY L. JONES, Washington.

EDWARD I. EDWARDS, New Jersey.

COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SIXTY-EIGHTH CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION

STUART F. REED, West Virginia, Chairman FREDERICK N. ZIHLMAN, Maryland. CHRISTOPHER D. SULLIVAN, New York. FLORIAN LAMPERT, Wisconsin.

THOMAS L. BLANTON, Texas. OSCAR E. KELLER, Minnesota.

RALPH GILBERT, Kentucky. CHARLES L. UNDERHILL, Massachusetts. WILLIAM C. HAMMER, North Carolina. ROY G. FITZGERALD, Ohio.

CHARLES F. X. O'BRIEN, New Jersey. CLARENCE J. MCLEOD, Michigan.

STANLEY H. KUNZ, Illinois. ERNEST W. GIBSON, Vermont.

HENRY L. JOST, Missouri. EDWARD M. BEERS, Pennsylvania.

ALLARD H. GASQUE, South Carolina. HENRY R. RATHBONE, Illinois.

EVERETT KENT, Pennsylvania, GALE H. STALKER, New York,

ISABEL HORTON, Clerk

SUBCOMMITTEE ON S. 3764 FLORIAN LAMPERT, Wisconsin.

THOMAS L. BLANTON, Texas. CLARENCE J. MCLEOD, Michigan.

WILLIAM C, HAMMER, North Carolina GALE H. STALKER, New York.

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Statement of -

Page

Allen, Arthur.

592

Bowie, John F. M..

418

Brandenburg, E. C.

163, 175, 177, 187

Brown, Mrs. Henry C.

57, 75, 118, 449, 461, 473, 555

Callahan, Stephen B.

163

Colby, C. W

514

Compton, Mrs. R. U.

609

Copeland, Hon. Royal S.

387

Creel, J. A..

599

Davis, Charles S.

142

DeVaughn, Rev. C. A. (colored).

135, 611
Dorman, Mrs. L. T.

111

Doyle, Edward P..

195

Edwards, Charles G.

219

Emmons, Dr. Charles M.

622

Farrar, Robert

606
Fink, J. H..

163
Gore, Hon. Thomas P.

40, 245, 333, 389, 394, 419, 421, 422, 454, 459

Graham, Henry-

623

Hagner, Randall

285, 298

Hampton, Mrs. Margaret A.

90

Harris, E. F.

604

Hyde, Mrs. C. V...

.93, 140
La Guardia, Hon. Fiorello H.

457
Low, Joseph.

394, 520, 548

MacChesney, Nathan William

219, 235

Mangan, James M.

551
Matheny, L.

121, 624

Maxwell, Frank F..

468

Mayer, C. C..

543

McKaigh, Miss R. B.

132
McKeever, Robert L.

297, 331, 546

Nalls, Miss M. B..

103

Norfleet, Robert E..

138
Mrs. Robert E. Norfleet.

140

Pearson, Mrs. F. W.

601

Petty, John A.

182, 197, 304, 420

Reed, 0. A..

65, 618

Reed, Stacy M.

516

Richards, William P.

31

Richardson, Mrs. M. J-

626

Ryan, William E..

594

Saul, B. F

412

Schirmer, E. H..

448

Schwartz, Dr. E. W.

109

Semmes, Miss Eleanor.

88

Shoemaker, Miss Blanche.

115

Slattery, Mrs. Mary E.

178

Smith, Lee Thompson.

411

Touhey, G. C.

176
Tschipke, Mrs. J. A.

82, 460

Waldron, Rev. John Milton (colored)

123

Wardby, Mrs. W. S.

58
Warren, Bates

189

RENT COMMISSION IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 1925

CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES,

JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

Washington, D. ('. The joint subcommittee met, pursuant to call, at 9.30 o'clock a. m., in the room of the Committee on the District of Columbia, Capitol, Senator L. Heisler Ball presiding.

Present: Senators Ball (chairman), Jones of Washington, and Copeland.

Present also: Representatives Lampert, Hammer, Stalker, and Blanton.

Present also: Richard S. Whaley (chairman), William F. Gude, Oliver Metzerott, and Thomas E. Peeney, members of the Rent Commission; and William T. Sabine, secretary.

Present also: Former Senator Thomas P. Gore.

The joint subcommittee had under consideration S. 3761, a bill to create and establish a commission, as an independent establishment of the Federal Government, to regulate rents in the District of Columbia.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order. We have asked that the members of the Rent Commission come before us this morning to give what information they can relative to conditions in the District of Columbia. We has also asked the tax assessor of the district, William P. Richards, to be present.

First and personally I would like to have in as concrete form as possible a statement of the assessed value of many of the buildings that have been involved in appeals to the Rent Commission in the last year, the valuation which the owners place upon those buildings, and if possible the cost of the buildings together with the amounts of the trusts now on them, the rents which the commission have allowed for those buildings or apartments, the rents asked by the manager or owner of the apartment previous to the fixing of the rents by the Rent Commission; if possible the overhead expenses, and lastly what policy the Rent Commission has adopted as to allowing rents and the percentage or net allowance which has been made to the owners or managers of such buildings.

I think it would be better to have Mr. Whaley, chairman of the Rent Commission, give us that information as far as possible first and then we will call on Assessor Richards to give us now or send us later data connected with what Mr. Whaley may have to say.

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