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.

JOIN TENAC, THE FAIR BUDGET COALITION, D.C. FISCAL POLICY INSTITUTE, EMPOWERDC AND OTHERS TO REVERSE PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS TO SLASH SERVICES LIKE OTA, THAT WOULD HARM OUR TENANTS, THE NEEDY, AND ALL BUT THE UNAFFLUENT!

WE STRONGLY URGE ALL to join TENAC and the other groups in opposition to the Mayor's proposed budget cuts aimed at slashing services, thereby causing great hardship to many in this diverse city.   We and others, like the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, EmpowerDC, the Fair Budget Coalition, Bread for the City, etc., are urging the Council to restore these cuts and enact more equitable ways of raising revenue -- instead of mimicking the now outworn orthodoxy of slashing services and cutting taxes for the rich that has actually led to the current crisis of derivatives, debt and its natural culmination: socializing losses for the wealthiest among us (the banks) while ingraining unemployment, and depression on the rest.  Please click to see what you can do/who to contact to make your voice heard.

REVOLUTIONARY BREAKTHROUGH - New Court Procedure Allows Tenants to Compel Landlords to Adhere to Housing Standards!

Click to see the pertinent press release from the D.C. Superior Court. Includes SITE TO CLICK FOR APPROPRIATE FORMS!

Candidates Forum for Mayor and Delegate to Congress

06/01/2010 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Sumner School, 1201 17th Street, NW (corner of 17th & M Sts)

TENAC'S APRIL 2010 MEETING

04/06/2010 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Features D.C. Councilmembers Jack Evans and Kwame Brown, the DC Metro AFL-CIO, the DC Office of Tenant Advocate (OTA) on Proposed Budget Cuts, Nader's Library Advocacy Group, Neighboring Montgomery County's Tenant Protection Efforts, The Clean Slate Campaign and more. Click for agenda and details

TENANTS HAVE A STAKE IN TENANTS' RIGHTS -- AND MONTHLY STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS

TENANTS HAVE A STAKE IN TENANTS' RIGHTS -- AND MONTHLY STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS -- HELD AT THE OFFICE OF TENANT ADVOCATE (OTA). TENAC URGES YOU TO GET INVOLVED, BECAUSE as a tenant, you have a stake, are a stakeholder, in tenants' rights, tenant laws, legislation before the council, and all efforts of tenants and tenant advocates to devise solutions to the problems tenants face, from over-gentrification to getting repairs. To help, OTA holds monthly "Stakeholders Meetings" OPEN TO ALL TENANTS, so that your voice, suggestions and opinions may be heard.

TENAC DECRIES HAITI'S HOUSING HORRORS

TENAC DECRIES HAITI'S HOUSING HORRORS IN KEEPING WITH THE GLOBAL NEED FOR HOUSING AND THE U.N. DECLARATION ON DECENT HOUSING AS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT! Click to see details.

TENAC Chairman Jim McGrath will be on Gloria Minott's MetroWatch Program, Pacifica Radio, 89.3 FM, WPFW on Monday morning Feb. 22nd in the 9:35 time slot. Critical topics will be:

1.) Wall Street/Big Bank USA and Tenants 2.) Fenty's Autocrat Appointments - Attorney General Peter Nickels and School Chancellor Michelle Rhee 3.) Rent Control Renewal This Year - TENAC's Push for PERMANENT Rent Control Law or Ten-Year Renewal Minimum

DON'T LET RENT CONTROL EXPIRE! RENT CONTROL UP FOR RENEWAL THIS YEAR! TO HELP, TENAC MAKE DUES AND DONATIONS APPEAL FOR 2010

TENAC is working hard to assist tenants in every area, but we rarely ask for donations and even membership renewal. This year, however, rent control itself is coming up for renewal. TENAC is in the forefront of the push for renewal and to also make rent control permanent. Why should landlords have the opportunity to let rent control expire, and take away the roof over your head?   CLICK FOR DETAILS!

Councilmembers Kwame Brown and Phil Mendelson to Speak at TENAC February Meeting

When: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, from 6:30 - 8:30 PM   Where: Sumner Museum, 17th & M Streets, NW (near Farrugut North red line metro)   Topics:  Making Rent Control Permanent vs. Five-Year Renewal Cycle             Lack of Enforcement of Rental Laws: Are Landlords & Developers Above the Law?             The Mayor's Controversial Nominee for D.C.'s Consumer Advocate on Utilities CLICK FOR DETAILS AND AGENDA

DO THE RIGHT THING, BRING ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST KENNEDY-WARREN LANDLORD!

B.F. SAUL REFUSES TO COMPLY WITH ORDER OF LAW ISSUED BY THE RENT ADMINISTRATOR TO CEASE AND DESIST!

In a startling display of boldness emblematic of landlord swagger in this city, Kennedy-Warren landlord B.F. Saul refuses to comply with orders of the Rent Administrator (which have the weight of law) to cease illegal construction which would, in essence, "constructively evict" lawful tenants!

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