TENAC is a non-profit, public service organization dedicated exclusively to tenant interests, tenant rights, and support for rent control in the District of Columbia. We are the only city-wide tenants organization, and we represent all tenants in the District of Columbia.

As a legal successor to the Tenants' Organizations Political Action Committee (TOPAC), we have been serving tenants for almost 15 years. TENAC's mission is to assist tenants through education, legal information, and lobbying for tenant legislation- especially affordable housing and tenants' rights. TENAC prepares legislative proposals on behalf of tenants, and testifies frequently before the City Council on matters of vital interest to tenants. Of critical importance is TENAC's HOTLINE (202) 288-1921, which answers landlord/tenant questions, and TENAC's role in helping tenants to form tenant associations throughout the city.

TENAC believes that tenants in unorganized rental buildings are open for abuse by landlords, rental agents, and owners. We will not rest until we see a tenants' association in every rental building in the city.

TENAC's International Outreach

TENAC’s International Outreach

 

Details on Jim Graham's Farewell Service

Statement of Chief Tenant Advocate Johanna Shreve on the Passing of former Councilmember Jim Graham
 
(WASHINGTON, DC)Today, Chief Tenant Advocate Johanna Shreve released the following statement on the passing of former D.C.

LANDMARK TENAC MEETING - THURS. JAN. 26, 2017 Not to be missed! We are holding TENAC's 25th Anniversary meeting and you are cordially invited.

We'll also focus on the rent control bills currently up for consideration - vital legislation key to preserving what is left of affordable housing! The author, Councilmember Anita Bonds is invited.

TENAC OCTOBER MEETING: THURS., OCTOBER 27th AND YOU ARE INVITED! - REAL REFORM NEAR AT LAST!

 VITAL TENANT LEGISLATION ON THE AGENDA! THE ROOF  YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN! 

MORE ON... The 2016 TENAC CANDIDATES FORUM for D.C. Primary Election!

MORE ON...The  2016  TENAC CANDIDATES FORUMfor D.C. Primary Election!
Enclosed is the official TENAC CANDIDATES FORUM FLYER with important details about the Forum!

BETTY SELLERS - TENAC sadly notes the passing of Betty Sellers, a long-time tenant advocate in the District, and long-time confidant of David Conn, another outstanding tenant leader.

 The Office of Tenant Advocate (OTA) rightly saluted both as “pioneers” in effective advocacy for rent control, affordable housing, and tenant rights.  David Conn, a distinguished attorney, was a legend in this city, who indefatigably championed the tenant cause and Betty Sellers was his invaluable assistant.  They were a “dynamic duo,” who left a record of achievement in their wake benefitting all tenants in the District. TENAC applauds their legacy, and extends heartfelt condolences to their survivors.   

THE ANNUAL RENT INCREASE FOR 2016-2017 FOR RENT CONTROL TENANTS is 2 PERCENT for standard rent control tenants

- those not disabled or seniors (over 62)! For seniors and the disabled, the annual rent increase is ZERO PERCENT (0%)  THIS APPLIES TO THE PERIOD BEGINNING May 1, 2016 and ENDING April 30, 2017.

 

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