By forming a tenant association, renters in the District of Columbia can work together to call for repairs, challenge illegal rent increases, and purchase their apartment building when put up for sale. LEDC organizers work with renters to understand the benefits of forming a tenant association.
According to the DC Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA), tenant associations have the first right to purchase their apartment building when it’s for sale or assign this right to someone else.
Through TOPA, DC residents are able to join with their neighbors to create a better future for their families and communities by taking control of decisions affecting their housing. DC residents have used TOPA to become homeowners, preserve their affordable housing, get needed renovations to their homes, and prevent displacement. Tenant associations that decide to purchase often use local funds from the local Housing Production Trust Fund to create an affordable housing cooperative. Once purchased, LEDC provides ongoing technical assistance to assist the residents in their new roles as owners.
LEDC also works with tenant associations to improve poor housing conditions through negotiations with building management and use of DC’s new Housing Conditions Court. The court allows renters to sue their landlords for refusing to fix violations under DC’s housing code.
Resources and Links
|Building and Sustaining a Successful Tenants Association||2015-01-16||1002.15 KB|
|Construyendo y Manteniendo una Asociacion de Inquilinos Exitosa||2012-11-11||1.04 MB|
|Creative Fundraising Ideas||2015-01-16||236.8 KB|
|Deberes y Responsabilidades de los Miembros de la Asociación de Inquilinos, Mesa Directiva y Oficiales||2012-11-11||1.07 MB|
|Duties and Responsibilities of Tenant Association Members, Board of Directors, and Officials||2012-11-11||1.02 MB|
|Get More People Involved 2014||2015-01-16||642.33 KB|
|Ideas Creativas Para Recaudar Fondos||2015-01-16||234.13 KB|
|Organizing A Tenant Association Flyer||2015-01-16||552.81 KB|
|Sign in Sheet for Tenants Associations-Bilingual||2015-01-16||27.22 KB|
|Tips for Communicating Your Message||2015-01-16||227.93 KB|
|Tips for Getting More People Involved in Your Tenants Association||2015-01-16||145.54 KB|
|What is a Tenant Association?-¿Que Es Una Asociación de Inquilinos?||2015-01-16||333.26 KB|