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.

Groups Citywide, joined by Ralph Nader, Are Uniting Against Giveaways by City Council

More developments on the West End Giveaway to Developers! Please see the attached TENAC press release detailing how community organizations, along with Ralph Nader, are uniting against giving away public property to developers, by means of "emergency" legislation, which allows the council to circumvent public input/the public comment period usually allowed for legislation.

Councilmember Mendelson the Lone Hold-Out As Council Votes to Give Away West End Public Properties

Please see the enclosed TENAC press release, detailing the Council's vote to give away to developers the West End Library, West End Fire House and other public properties, under the guise of "emergency" legislation, in order to by-pass public input and comment. It commends Councilmember Phil Mendelson, who was the lone vote against. Moreover, the fate of the Tiverton, the last affordable housing in that area of West End may well hang in the balance. 

Norwood Tenants Hold Lemonade Sit-In to Protest Broken Elevator, Other Poor Housing Conditions

Please see the press release below about the Norwood Apartments Tenants Lemonade Sit-In, to protest their broken elevator, which even older and infirm tenants must deal with in the sweltering heat, only one problem emblematic of the neglected and deteriorating housing conditions they must live in, as they battle to remain in their building. 

DC Council is By-Passing Open Debate

DC Council is By-Passing Open Debate for "Emergency"
Blitz to Decide the Fate of West End Housing & Other
Important Issues!

The UPDATED TENAC press release below details the
latest developments regarding the Tiverton Apartment
Building and West End Square 37. Apparently, the City
Council is planning to consider a blitz of "emergency"
legislation to decide the fate of the Square and other
important issues of public concern. We believe rather,
that these should be debated and aired publicly.

We urge that you contact the council (contact info
below) so that your voice will be heard! The message
to them: "Just say NO"!

We will need a blitz of phone calls to Council
members. Their numbers and link to their e-mail

Gray, Vincent C. Chairman-At-Large (202) 724-8032
Schwartz, Carol Member-At-Large (202) 724-8105
Catania, David  Member-At-Large (202) 724-7772
Mendelson, Phil Member-At-Large (202) 724-8064
Brown, Kwame R. Member-At-Large (202) 724-8174
Graham, Jim     Member, Ward 1 (202) 724-8181
Evans, Jack     Member, Ward 2 (202) 724-8058
Cheh, Mary      Member, Ward 3 (202) 724-8062
Bowser, Muriel  Member, Ward 4 (202) 724-8052
Thomas Jr., Harry, Member, Ward 5 (202) 724-8028
Wells, Tommy    Member, Ward 6 (202) 724-8072
Alexander, Yvette Member, Ward 7 (202) 724-8068
Barry, Marion   Member, Ward 8 (202) 724-8045

To send the Council Member(s) e-mail and to access
their addresses, simply click:




On Friday, June 29th, TENAC's Jim McGrath will appear on Channel 9, WUSA-TV, during the 9 AM - 10AM slot,

re: Phyllis Wheatley Residence Tenants, Tenants Rights
and Rent Control Issues. Click for full story.

Jim McGrath, Chairman of TENAC, will appear on the
"Mind Over Money" program on Channel 9, WUSA-TV,

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

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