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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 (202-628-3688), 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.
On Wednesday night, October 15, at the Charles Sumner School, Carol Schwartz won the TENAC Candidates’ Straw Poll handily, with over 50% of the vote, David Catania came in Second with ll %, and Muriel Bowser with 6%.
On the worst weather day of the season, with torrential rain, tornado warnings, and unseasonably warm temperatures, a full house turned out at the Sumner School for this key forum, which represents all those who live in rental housing, or two-thirds of the District’s
We salute tenants, and urge continued, strong support for the rent control bills introduced by Councilmember Graham and currently under consideration before Muriel Bowser’s committee, especially to repeal the 2% add-on. We strongly urge tenants to call or write their councilmembers and urge their support. Without this, any rent control left may not truly survive the decade.
Landlord Lobbyists Bamboozle Council With Misleading Facts and Figures - - But Look Deeper, City Council (and the Public): Will What is Truly Landlord Greed Win the Council Over teh Public's Need? The overwhelming fact that it’s truly greed, not reasonable need - for profits - driving opposition to rent control reform, was exhibited in landlord testimony before Councilmember Muriel Bowser’s Committee on Economic Development on October 14th. We cannot believe the Council believes the many superficial (if not misleading) statistics offered by the real estate lobby.
Wed. Oct. 15th, from 6:30 to 9 PM at Sumner School, 17th & M Streets, NW (Farragut North). HEAR ABOUT THE TWO PERCENT SOLUTION! And Attention DC Mayoral and Council Candidates! Repealing the 2 percent add-on to the annual rent increase formula is the first step towards affordable housing in D.C. The second step is reform of the rent control law strengthening and expanding its coverage. WE SAY TO THE COUNCIL AND CANDIDATES, TAKE THE FIRST STEP! Pass Councilmember Graham's bill for real reform. Click for details
10/15/2014 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Unfortunately, one candidate running for mayor is the sole bottleneck to needed change. COME TO THE TENAC CANDIDATES FORUM on Wed., Oct. 15th, from 6:30 - 9 PM at Sumner School, (17th and M Streets, NW) & ask the pols to support real reform! Don't be fooled by the landlord argument some parrot that the extra 2 percent per year is needed to upkeep their buildings & not lose whatever affordable buildings are left. They made a fortune for decades without the extra 2 percent which was added to get passage of initial reform enacted in '07. All agreed to revisit it if it proved too much of a hardship to tenants...AND IT HAS! Your rent can double in 10 -11 years due to compounding, instead of simple CPI increases as it always was. COME TO THE FORUM AND ASK THE CANDIDATES FOR ANSWERS - - AND THE REMEDIES! Click for details
The chart attached shows the pernicious effects of the extra 2 percent per year increase given to landlords - - due to the effects of compounding. Remember, this is only a chart projecting the effects, but unfortunately THE REALITY IS WORSE than what you see in this theoretical graphic. This writer's rent has gone up nearly 50 PERCENT with 6 increases, meaning a doubling should easily occur in 10 years or increases. Click to see
C’MON BOWSER LET THOSE BILLS MOVE! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT, A MAJORITY OF THE COUNCIL FAVORS JIM GRAHAM’S BILL TO REPEAL THE BURDENSOME EXTRA 2 PERCENT RENT PER YEAR TENANTS MUST PAY,
...AND SHE WON’T LET THOSE BILLS BUDGE, WITH HER COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEM. SPREAD THE WORD, TENANT COMMUNITY!
BOWSER AND CATANIA’S DEAFENING SILENCE
ON “PLUS 2 PERCENT”
Forget about The Silence of the Lambs. The candidates aren’t lambs and it’s their silence that greatly bothers tenants all across the District. David Catania claims Muriel Bowser’s doing nothing for affordable housing as chairwoman of the committee responsible for it, and he’s right. This, however, from a man, who when asked for support for significant rent reform, responded, “Yes, if AOBA (the landlord-real estate lobby) says okay.”
ANNOUNCING SURPRISE GUEST SPEAKER CAROL SCHWARTZ, NEWLY DECLARED MAYORAL CANDIDATE, TO APPEAR AT TENAC's June 26 TOWN HALL !
WITH COUNCILMEMBERS GRAHAM AND BONDS, THE MEETING PLANS TO BE A BLOCKBUSTER EVENT!COME HEAR COUNCILMEMBER GRAHAM ON HIS NEW REFORM BILL TO ELIMINATE THE BURDENSOME PLUS-2 PERCENT ANNUAL INCREASES!HEAR CAROL SCHWARTZ'S PLANS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING IF ELECTED!HEAR COUNCILMEMBER BONDS ON HER LEGISLATION TO PROMOTE AFFORDABILITY! Hear Jenny Reed of The D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute on how tax and budget policy affect affordable housing, and The Office of the People's Counsel (OPC) on how to battle+schemes to unduly, unfairly, and illegally eliminate "utilities included," institute submetering and hike utility costs!Click for details!
ATTEND THE SPECIAL TENAC TOWN HALL: DC, THE UNAFFORDABLE CITY - June 26, 2014, from 6:30 to 9 PM at SUMNER SCHOOL, 17th & M Streets, NW (Farragut North red line metro)
Councilmember Jim Graham will speak about his newly introduced bill for meaningful reform of rent control, eliminating the PLUS-2 percent increase, and other reforms vitalto help keep the city affordable. Keynote speaker Councilmember Anita Bonds who has been convening a roundtable on affordable housing will also speak on her efforts. Also,a panel of experts, including Jenny Reed of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, to discuss the tax and budgetary aspects of affordable housing policy, the Office of People'sCounsel (OPC), which represents consumers in utility matters will speak on utility costs and affordability, and Drew Gossett from Friendship Village, the premier homelessresource for D.C. residents. WE URGE ALL TO ATTEND TO LEARN ABOUT THE BREWING REFORM AND HOW TO HELP ENACT IT TO LOWER RENTS! Click for details
TENAC urges you to attend the Annual Tenant Town Hall this coming Saturday, May 3rd from 1-4 PM, at St. Stephen's Church, at 16th and Newton Streets, NW. Join tenants from all over D.C. to fight for affordable housing and tenants' rights. Learn what you can do against things like illegal and unfair rent increases, landlord refusal to make repairs, and attempts to sell your building without offering it first to you, the tenants. Click for for details.
We decry the shabby treatment of Mayor Gray. We must ask why the prosecutor who has investigated the mayor for four long years has only to come up with "possible" wrongdoing just before the primary election. Is it Kafkaesque or worse, politics of an nefarious sort? Click for details