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 Chairman Jim McGrath to speak on the "Mind Over Money" Program

WUSA, Channel 9, TV, will feature a panel including TENAC Chairman, Jim McGrath, to speak on the "Mind Over Money Program", Friday, 15 June 2007

DCRA-OTA Presents Know Your Tenant Rights, Tenant Educational Workshops & Free Legal Clinic

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Office of the Tenant Advocate will present “Know Your Tenant Rights” in Ward 3 on Saturday, June 16, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The educational workshops will be held at Wilson Senior High School located at 3950 Chesapeake Street, NW. There will be four simultaneous workshops on rent control, tenants right of first refusal and condo conversion, how to file a tenant petition and the ins and outs of residential housing inspections. Attached is a flyer for the event. Please contact the office if you would like a copy of the flyer in Spanish.

Great Victory for Tenants!

Court of Appeals Affirms Tenants Rights, That Even Third Party Buyers Must Honor TOPA Rights!
Full report attached...

Typical Conversion Horror Story Won by Civil Rights Suit

Washington Post article, Dec. 16, 2006

TENAC ANNOUNCES CANDIDATES FORUM on April 18 for the Special Elections for Ward 4 & 7 Council Seats

Dear Fellow Tenants and Friends:

    You are cordially invited to the TENAC Candidates Forum, Wednesday, April 18, 2007, from 6:30 to 9 PM, Great Hall, Charles Sumner Museum School, 1201 17th Street  (17th & M, N.W., Farragut North Red Line Metro).  I urge you to attend, invite your neighbor, and ask the candidates questions.  This critical event involves key Council seats (Wards 4 & 7).  Critical issues face tenants and the stakes are high for the entire city.  Tenants comprise two-thirds of the District's population, yet their voice is often not heard, and their interests ignored.  If you attend no other forum, you should come to this one.  

TENAC's April 3rd 2007 Board Meeting is Canceled!

In lieu, on April 18, TENAC will hold a Candidates Forum at Sumner School on the May 1st Special Elections for the Ward 4 & 7 City Council Seats!

Dear Tenants and Friends,

The April 3rd TENAC Board Meeting is canceled, and instead, TENAC will be holding a Candidates Forum on Wednesday, April 18, on the Special Election for the Ward 4 & 7 Council seats. The special election itself is scheduled for May 1.

TENAC urges you to come out to support key tenant petitions and tenant-related events this month!

March 2007 holds four important events that TENAC
strongly urges our members, fellow tenants and friends
to attend: two important tenant petition hearings, a
community action summit and Empower DC’s annual

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