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.


Come hear the candidates on how they will help strengthen and promote tenants rights, affordable housing, rent control and issues important to tenants.  We also urge you to come ask the candidates for answers! This time the forum will feature a straw poll and we will rate the candidates on tenant issues, an event you will not want to miss!  Thereafter, TENAC will make its official endorsement.


We Urge Inclusion of Tenants Association AFFILIATES AS WELL AS SIERRA CLUB, NAACP AND OTHERS FOR MEMBERSHIP   Right wing reactionary groups have long sought the destruction of organized labor, progressive government programs, and giving power and voice to the common man. Organized Labor is fighting back hard. After decades of assaults on Labor - - firing air traffic controllers, shipping decent wage jobs overseas, and stacking regulatory agencies with anti-labor appointees - - Organized Labor sees a key opportunity to strengthen its power, by including simpatico organizations in its union membership, organizations, like the NAACP and Sierra Club.  


The Franklin School at K and 13th Streets, NW is an architectural gem embedded in a vast matrix of sterile office buildings.  The school’s history of great service to this city contrasts with its high rise neighbors filled with squadrons of high powered, high priced lobbyists whose primary mission is influence peddling of the highest order and service to themselves.The Franklin School’s mission, as an academy or a model shelter for homeless people, served purposes totally antithetical to its wheeler-dealer neighbors.  Is it any wonder that the latter - - mercantile pirates and corporate raiders - -  have trained their binoculars on Franklin for “redevelopment” probably as another office building or “boutique hotel.”The Philistines who desecrate magnificent structures like Franklin, inside and out, epitomize some of the worst acts of architectural vandalism in this city.  One nearby example was the demolition of most of the old Columbia Hospital for Women, a magnificent Mediterranean villa in the West End.  When they started, the developers had The Venus de Milo; when they finished, all that was left was her belly-button.


The last federal shutdown (1995-96), in addition to losses in the hundreds of millions nationally, the District of Columbia's local economy lost almost sixty million dollars in uncollected revenue, tourism losses, cancellations and lost business -- and that's without inflation factored in.  Look forward to something similar this time unless Congress makes a quick resolution.  Click for details 

ANNOUNCING THE 6th ANNUAL TENANT SUMMIT - Sponsored by The Office of Tenant Advocate (OTA).  TENAC Chairman JIM MCGRATH will be KEYNOTE SPEAKER! (See attached press release +for details)

On Sat., Sept. 28, 2013, at Gallaudet University (NoMa/New York Avenue red line metro stop), tenants and tenant advocates will gather to discuss crucial tenantissues; The mayor and councilmembers will address the gathering to hear your problems and concerns. Now is the time to get commitments from our political leaders formeaningful reform!  The summit will feature important seminars and presentations for all tenants, from new tenants who have just moved into D.C and those who are purchasingtheir apartments to those who have been renters for decades. We urge you not to miss this vital event!

Proposed Rent Control Reforms Desperately Needed in DC

There are various forums and organizations spearheading the drive for rent control reform: our own TENAC meetings (the first Wednesday of every other month, except summer months; the Office of Tenant Advocate (OTA) http://www.ota.dc.gov “Stakeholder Meetings” where all concerned can meet to strategize and hammer out reforms; and others, such as Housing Counseling Services, most of which are listed in The Tenant Survival Guide

ANITA BONDS FOR COUNCIL! Bonds Gets Overwhelming TENAC Endorsement!

     On Saturday, April 13, the TENAC (D.C. Tenants' Advocacy Coalition) Board of Directors met and voted to endorse Anita Bonds for Council At-Large seat, after its earlier TENAC Candidates Forum on April 10, 2013.  Since tenants make up almost two-thirds of D.C. households, the TENAC endorsement is a widely sought political prize.  Running in a highly credible field of candidates, TENAC believes Anita Bonds is best, based on her long standing support for rent control, tenants' rights and affordable housing.


04/10/2013 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

TENAC CANDIDATES FORUM is being held on Wed., April 10, 2013 from 6:30 - 9 PM, at Sumner School, 17th & M Streets, NW (near the Farragut North Metro red line station).  The candidates are running in a special election to be held on April 23 for D.C. At-Large Council Seat, vacated by At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson's victory win to become Council Chairman.  Rescheduled from March's snow date, all are cordially invited, to learn about and offer real remedies for, the affordable housing crisis confronting the District. We hope the questions and discussion you contribute obtain the candidates' commitments for substantive and specific rental housing reform. Come and ask the candidates for answers - - that will strengthen tenants' rights, promote affordable housing and extend rent control.  Click for details in flyer


Due to inclement weather (accumulations are predicted of six to ten inchesbeginning tonight), the TENAC Candidates Forum scheduled for tomorrow (Wed.) is rescheduled for next Wednesday, March 13th, same time (6:30 - 9 PM), same place, Sumner School, 17th & M Streets, NW (Farragut North red line metro station).  Click for flyer and detailsWe regret any inconvenience and devoutly hope you can attend, to ask the candidates for answers, and shed light on tenant problems, crises, and what can be done to strengthen and advance affordable housing in our city. Best wishes,Jim McGrath Chairman

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