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.

TROUBLING TRENDS IN THE D.C. COUNCIL: ACTIONS ON EVICTIONS AND INITIATIVE 77 ARE WAY OUT OF STEP!

One thing has emerged from the recent primary election: the DC Council is clearly making legislative mistakes. First, Councilmember Mendelson has offered a totally unacceptable substitute for The Evictions With Dignity Act. The Council unanimously approved protections in evictions to require the landlord to lock up evictee's belongings for 30 days - a protection many cities have - (for which TENAC says kudos).

DEVELOPER DOUBLE CROSS? Cheh and McDuffie Grill, But to What Avail?

FROM TENAC 

"DON'T WORRY EVERYONE, THE DEVELOPERS WILL FIND A WAY AROUND IT" 

This just in. Finally, Councilmembers seem to be paying attention to the community, instead of developers.  Whether this will bear itself out in real action or results, or if it's "showing" that they care for the community and then they and the whole council let the developers get their way - - time will tell.  Our last press release commented that the election results mean business as usual, which one can say also mean, "Don't worry, the developers will find a way around it."

Rob
TENAC Co-Chair

D.C. PRIMARY ELECTIONS -- BUSINESS AS USUAL

       First things first, congratulations to the winners!  TENAC wishes them well.  While the outcome did not reflect our earlier message of “NEW FACES – NEW HOPES FOR AN AFFORDABLE DC,” TENAC does not believe in sour grapes, especially since we view all of the winners as good people, friends, and in many cases former TENAC endorsees, as well.  But “Business as Usual” does not reflect a win for this city.  It does nothing to address the preeminent problems of the District’s rampant unaffordability crisis, the critical need to reform rent control, and the increasing erosion of tenant rights.

TENAC 2018 PRIMARY ENDORSEMENTS:

NEW FACES/NEW HOPES

FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING*

  Eleanor Holmes Norton – U.S Delegate to Congress

 Ann Wilcox - Mayor

HUGE COUNCIL CAVE-IN; Only Tenants Injured

"Tenants' Rights, Affordable Housing, Rent Control ... Long Live Tenants Rights!"

 

TENAC's International Outreach

TENAC’s International Outreach

 

Details on Jim Graham's Farewell Service

Statement of Chief Tenant Advocate Johanna Shreve on the Passing of former Councilmember Jim Graham
 
(WASHINGTON, DC)Today, Chief Tenant Advocate Johanna Shreve released the following statement on the passing of former D.C.
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