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 will appear on Gloria Minott's MetroWatch program, WPFW, 89.3 FM, Pacifica Radio, this coming Monday morning (April 20) at 11:15 AM

Topics will include, affordable housing, homelessness, eviction and the upcoming TENAC Candidates Forum that same day in the evening. Tune in!


– A mistake? An error? We don’t think so. Jonetta Rose Barras reports that hidden deep within proposed legislation was an attempt to take away OTA’s independence as an agency. See her article at http://jonettarosebarras.com/?p=3801

The mayor’s office said this was an error, mistake. If it slipped by, it would make OTA’s employees subject to serving at the pleasure of the mayor, meaning removable at any time, for any reason. We saw this movie when Fenty fired a good Rent Administrator (one actually handing down fair decisions not loophole-developer- devised convoluted wins). Because developers couldn’t devour her in court they went through the back door via the mayor and got her fired. All to destroy tenants’ rights and affordable housing for profit, gain, and greed. Stay tuned for more. The TENAC Candidates Forum is Monday, Apr. 20 at Sumner School, 17th and M Streets, NW from 6:30 – 9 PM, Come find out about this and more, and Ask the Candidates for Answers! www.tenac.org

TENAC ANNOUNCES CANDIDATES FORUM - April 20, 2015, 6:30 to 9 PM, at Sumner School, 17th & M Streets NW - FOR THE APRIL 28 SPECIAL ELECTION FOR D.C. COUNCIL- TOPIC: Affordable Housing - ALL INVITED! Click for details

TENAC (D.C. Tenants' Advocacy Coalition) CANDIDATES FORUM

Care about Skyrocketing Rents?

Stronger Rent Control?

Care about Tenants’ Rights?

Condo Conversions?

Care about Submetering and Other New Charges?

+If you are a tenant, you should! TENAC Says: 10-Year Extension of Rent Control is NOT Enough! Two Percent PLUS Cost of Living Increase is TOO MUCH!

D.C. Is Rapidly Becoming UNAFFORDABLE TENAC Candidates Forum for the April 28 D.C. Special Election

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 6:30-9:00 pm Sumner School, corner, 17th & M St., NW (Farragut North Metro red line station) Ask the Candidates for answers!

(We strongly urge you to attend and bring a neighbor. The future of affordable housing hangs in the balance! Please post enclosed flyer where preferable)


Due to circumstances beyond our control, i.e., money, we have had to suspend the TENAC Hotline connection. We are working on a less expensive alternative, and expect to have it reinstated soon.

The Hotline has been an invaluable service to the tenant community in the District. We have answered tens of thousands of tenant inquiries and problems over the years and we regret its interruption. In the interim, our email address, tenacdc@yahoo.com continues to do yeoman service in that regard. More later! Stay tuned!


TENAC Pledges to Work with Newly Elected Mayor Bowser




November 14, 2014


Hon. Muriel Bowser

Council of the District of Columbia

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20004


Dear Councilmember Bowser:


Congratulations on your decisive victory as Mayor-elect for the District of Columbia. The size of your win clearly gives you a mandate to govern, and on behalf of tenants in the District, we wish you well in the years ahead.


It is no secret that you were not our candidate for mayor. Notwithstanding, we pledge our support to your administration, taking heart from your assurances to work with all sectors of the city. We hope that our legislative agenda will have your support, notably provisions to improve rent control, and measures to stem the sky-rocketing rents and other relentlessly upward economic indices, which threaten to make the District even more unaffordable than it already is.


Historic Review Board: DROP DEAD to all but Developers! St. Thomas project shows HPRB true colors (click for details)





Appearance before the District's Historic Preservation and Review Board (HPRB) is a daunting experience, unless one is a developer, redeveloper, or just plain sponsor of junky architecture. If one is a public witness espousing neighborhood preservation, it is virtually a waste of time.


Proposed redevelopment of St. Thomas Episcopal Church property at Dupont Circle is a case in point. Nevermind that the hearing began an hour and a half late, or that developers delivered lengthy presentations, followed by Q&A, the first order of business was to cut the 5-minute testimony time for public witnesses to 3 minutes – (about enough time to give name, rank and serial number.)


TENAC Endorsements


Eleanor Holmes Norton – U.S Delegate to Congress


Carol Schwartz - Mayor


Phil Mendelson – Chairman of the D.C. Council



(And BY EXTENSON, TENAC TO ALL D.C. RESIDENTS: VOTE for Dems & progressives who have not forgotten their core constituents in favor of the big boys and developer dollars - A PORTENT FOR ALL DC:The District is rapidly becoming unaffordable and many long-term residents, including the low income, the disabled, the elderly and even middle income earners, are beingpriced out due to escalating rents and overdevelopment. We believe Ernest Johnson will best help preserve and protect affordable housing and tenants rights of all thecandidates running for Ward 1 Council seat.  Why? Well, there are Democrats and progressives, and there are Democrats and progressives; and in this city some progressivesand Democrats have forgotten core values to favor developer dollars.  Even faithful party voters have been allured by the promise of making a fortune by making the Districta city of wall-to-wall luxury condos.  We are notagainst smart, reasonable development.  But bubbles burst and you can get too much of a good thing, especially if itinvolves kicking out your core constituents!


 TENAC will endorse any candidate we feel best for affordable rental housing regardless of party affiliation. In this strongly Democratic town, some District Democrats, while progressive on many issues, often forget traditional party values of help to the low income, elderly, disabled and even middle class when it comes to affordable housing - - primarily due to developer/landlord dollars and influence. Too much of a good thing is not good, especially when you forsake your party’s core values for an intoxicating bandwagon of profits reaped from what seems yet-again, another housing bubble.  

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