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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.
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 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!
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
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!
For Christmas this year, landlord B.F. Saul is trying to make tenants sign away their legal protections -- or suffer huge increases! Help us stop what could be a precedent-setting abuse of the rental laws by voicing your concern! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
Agreeing to introduce legislation that would take rent control off its current five-year renewal cycle in favor of permanent rent control, Graham spoke at last Tuesday's TENAC Meeting.
12/12/2009 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
at National City Christian Church, Thomas Circle, to Express Thanks for Community Support and Raise Funds to Buy Their Building
Councilmember Jim Graham and AFL-CIO's Rick Powell, Washington Teachers' Union, OTA and Others to Speak! December 1, 2009 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM Sumner School, 17th & M Streets, NW (near the Farragut North Red Line Metro Station) SEE BELOW FOR AGENDA DECEMBER 1st BOARD MEETING IS CRUCIAL! RENT CONTROL IS UP FOR RENEWAL, ALARMING NEWS ON THE LEGISLATIVE FRONT, AND MORE! Click for details in TENAC PRESS RELEASE