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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) 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.
We Ask, Please Attend if Only for an Hour - the only Public Service Commission Hearing (re-hearing) on the Merger, This Tuesday, Nov. 17th; A Strong Showing Will Help Defeat This Back Door Effort!
Renters Alliance of Montgomery County Celebration on December 3 (click for details and see
Mayor Bowser's decision to settle with Exelon is still a bad deal. We're working to stop Exelon, but we need your help. The D.C. Public Service Commission is accepting comments from the public. We need to let them know where D.C.
DON'T BELIEVE ABOLISHING RENT CONTROL WILL HELP AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Free Market "Solutions" In the Real World Are False, at least for Housing-
Instead of the panacea touted by developers, real estate moguls, and conservative economists, that the abolition of rent control would solve the affordable housing crisis by increasing demand, let's look at an example from reality instead of the ideal textbook world they always cite. In real life, demand for housing has proven almost inelastic, what no supply curve could come up against to lower exorbitant rents; Examples elsewhere prove it. Boston did away with rent control and it has proven a disaster, forcing thousands of families out of the city! Boston's mayor and many now lament the change, but it is too late. The Apartment and Office Buildings Association (AOBA) then hailed a purported new rent program in Boston called "Rent Plus". Plus what? The family jewels? So, in real life, it would instead make DC an even more unaffordable city; its only benefit, a bonanza to developers, and reduce this town to a demographic catastrophe, ensuring that the District, like other cities across the country, are reduced to bi-polar enclaves, consisting of the very rich and the very poor.
Rip-Off Utility Plan is a Menace to the District
URGENT! FRIDAY DEADLINE! CONTACT THE MAYOR TO REAPPOINT PEOPLE'S COUNSEL SANDRA MATTAVOUS-FRYE, A TRUE CONSUMER ADVOCATE, NOT SOME UTILITY SHILL THE UTILITY COMPANIES WOULD PUSH!
Dear Tenants and Friends,
TENAC NEEDS VOLUNTEERS/INTERNS! DO YOUR PART FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING, TENANTS’ RIGHTS AND RENT CONTROL!
In the next few weeks, we will be gearing up for our fall campaign and council session. We need interns willing first to pitch in with streamlining and updating our email and tech needs. There is much that needs to be done hi-tech, then proceed to the legal/legislative front - - all so we can help advance a fair tenants’ rights agenda, from passing important reform legislation already introduced to helping get Sandra Mattavous-Frye reappointed as People’s Counsel, head of the utility watchdog agency, The Office of the People’s Council (OPC) rather than any utility company shill! To help, please email us at email@example.com or call our Hotline, (202) 288-1921
Joe McCarthy again bestrides America, personified in megamouth Donald Trump. Both gentlemen epitomize the crudest form of bigotry and demagoguery. McCarthy charged bogus communist infiltration all across the U.S. Government, and Trump sees hordes of “rapists” and “murderers” among Latinos crossing our borders. The difference is that Trump is a “bigot with billions,” and that while emotional instability, a symptom of extreme bigotry, appears common to both men, Trump’s extraordinary wealth gives him the potential for a much longer shelf life than McCarthy.
Their struggle has acquired great notoriety locally, and also the support of councilmembers and like-minded organizations. Located at 4th and K Streets, NW - what has now become a hot development frontier, Museum Square has over 300 tenants with the most concentrated number of Asian tenants in and around Chinatown. Developers first attempted to order the tenants out in order to raze the building and build a massive, modern, ultra-plush condo complex, while leaving tenants with no place to go, and in so doing, destroy an entire community of diversity to boot! When their empty threat to get out was seen through, they then feigned compliance with tenants' rights law, offering to sell the building to tenants by naming an impossibly out-of-reach price of one-quarter of a BILLION dollars.