I am considering renting a house from a landlord that does not have a commercial license in the District of Columbia for the rental of housing properties. When I looked up the property it had a residential license with use code 11, I don't know if that qualifies for a business or commercial license.
I'm not sure what you found but if the property has a business licence for a single family or other type of residential housing, that is what they need. Use codes normally refer to zoning, not licensing. If the property is a single family house it doesn't need a certificate of occupancy. A multi-unit property does. You can also find out from the landlord if they are exempt from rent control. That would make a bigger difference to you as a tenant in the future. In general, it matters more if you have looked at the property and inspected for any problems. A license is not an assurance of no issues.
It seems like you are suspicious of this arrangement already - it may be better to simply find somewhere else to rent so you aren't kicking yourself later.
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