Housing infraction fines slated to double Oct. 1

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A notice of illegal construction is posted to a Georgetown home. (Brian Kapur/The Current/January 2015)

Housing and construction code infringement penalties are set to double next month, in accordance with the Infraction Fine Increase Amendment Act adopted as part of the D.C. budget.

Starting Oct. 1, Class 1 civil infraction fines issued by the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will increase by 200 percent, from $2,000 to $4,000.

Some of the housing-related violations that will be affected by the increase include failing to obtain a work permit, exceeding the scope of a work permit or failing to secure an unsafe structure.