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Offit Kurman Attorneys Launch Weekly, One-Minute Video Programs Featuring Legal Information for Landlords

Bethesda, MA | March 14, 2019 Landlord–tenant laws can be complex to navigate. To help property owners, property managers, and residential real estate agents stay informed and up-to-date on their legal obligations, attorneys John Raftery and Billy Cannon are each launching their own series on Offit Kurman’s YouTube channel. Each program will feature quick, minute-long videos uploaded on a weekly basis.

Mr. Raftery’s Monday Morning Minute focuses on fair housing. For tenants, access to rental housing on a fair and equal basis is a right; for landlords, it’s the law. Mr. Raftery’s weekly Monday video will educate viewers on how to protect themselves from fair housing claims and suits. Topics will include how to provide accommodations for tenants using pit bills as emotional support animals, familial status in fair housing, and more.

Mr. Cannon’s D.C. Property Management Minute concentrates on the unique set of laws impacting property managers in the District of Columbia. Topics covered in this weekly Wednesday series will include how to file an unpaid rent lawsuit in D.C., accessing units when tenants refuse to cooperate, relocating tenants who live in damaged units, and more.

Both video series are set to launch the week of March 18th.


ABOUT JOHN RAFTERY | 240.507.1702

John Raftery is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and an Associate Managing Principal—a role dedicated to the effective management and success of the firm’s attorneys.

Leveraging years of experience in real estate litigation, fair housing matters, and business law, Mr. Raftery serves as a trusted advisor to businesses and local and regional management companies. Mr. Raftery provides time tested strategic and forward-looking advice to assist his clients in negotiating or litigating through legal obstacles and difficulties—without losing focus of cost/benefit parameters. His clients include property management industry leaders, managers, and owners of residential and commercial real estate, C-level officers of small and mid-size corporations, directors of not-for-profit organizations, and entrepreneurial individuals seeking cost-effective representation.

Mr. Raftery is also the presenter of a weekly video series, The Monday Morning Minute, as well as the co-host of The Fair Housing Podcast, Questions and Answers. Both programs cover the myriad of fair housing issues property owners and managers face.


Billy Cannon is Chair of Offit Kurman’s Landlord Representation Practice Group. He represents property owners and property management companies in the District of Columbia and Maryland in state and federal court litigation, mediations, and administrative agency hearings and also assists with leasing, transactions, and Fair Housing Act compliance. Mr. Cannon is certified in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Compliance (LIHTC) and represents many LIHTC properties and other affordable housing providers. Additionally, Mr. Cannon represents sellers and purchasers in transactions, with a particular emphasis on the District of Columbia Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA). Mr. Cannon handles TOPA compliance and litigation, as well as other litigation arising out of the purchase and sale of real property.

Mr. Cannon is the host of a weekly video series, The D.C. Property Management Minute, focusing on a common property management problem in D.C. and how to quickly solve it.





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