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The Collection and Enforcement Administration (CEA) will have limited availability on Wednesday, June 12, with fewer staff members available. As a result, you may experience longer wait times. Normal operations will resume on Thursday, June 13. Thank you for your patience during this time.


Effective 2/26/24, OTR's Cashier's Office is now located at 1100 4th Street, SW, Suite E200, Washington, DC 20024.

In-person appointments for OTR’s Walk-In Center and the Recorder of Deeds Office can be made here.

Certificate of Clean Hands: Obtaining a Certificate of Clean Hands is a simple process by visiting

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Vacant Real Property

The "Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Support Act of 2010" created a Class 3 property tax rate for vacant commercial and residential properties and a Class 4 tax rate for blighted properties in the District of Columbia. Class 3, vacant property, is taxed at $5.00 per $100 of assessed value and Class 4, blighted property, is taxed at $10.00 per $100 of assessed value.

The classification of Class 3 and Class 4 properties is the sole responsibility of the Department of Buildings (DOB). Questions regarding a property's classification should be directed to DOB by calling (202) 671-3500, by using the tools or live chat feature available on the DOB website, or by emailing [email protected].