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Welcome to the Affordable Housing Preservation Practice Area of!

Join this site if you are a volunteer attorney, legal services advocate, law student or faculty representing low income and disadvantaged clients.

Welcome to the Affordable Housing Preservation Project Practice Area hosted by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program and co-hosted by Bread for the City, The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.

This Practice Area contains a password-protected online library of information useful to lawyers and tenant organizers/counselors working against the displacement of tenants in the District of Columbia.

Please join this Practice Area if you currently are representing a tenant association either through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, one of the other co-hosts or one of the tenant organizing/counseling agencies. You will only be admitted to enter the password protected areas if you are associated with one of the co-hosts or participating agencies.

The demographics of Washington, D.C.'s housing market are changing at an alarmingly rapid pace as affordable housing is vanishing from many communities. According to a report by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, the number of affordable houses and apartments declined last year by 11,800 units, while the number of high-cost houses and apartments increased by 15,400 units. Furthermore, rental buildings in the District are being sold and/or converted to high-end condominiums at an unprecedented rate. The amount of condominium conversions in the first six months of 2005 is quadruple the number of conversions in all of 2004.

Owners of multiple dwelling unit properties are increasingly taking advantage of the housing market by selling their properties to the highest bidder, often resulting in unlawful displacements of their current, low-income tenants. Although there are protections afforded to tenants under the Rental Housing and Conversion and Sale Act, most tenants either are unfamiliar with their rights or lack the sophistication and/or resources to exercise them. Typically, they are either unjustifiably evicted, agree to unfavorable buyouts or just tire of their uninhabitable living conditions and move.

Contact one of the co-hosts for more information on how to volunteer.

Participating Organizations:

D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program Affordable Housing Preservation Project

What's New

In Twin Towers Plaza Tenants Assoc. v. Capitol Park Assoc., the D.C. Court of Appeals held that the 95/5 transactionat issuedid not meet the definition of sale for purposes of the Sale Act.

Members of this Practice Area are invited to participate in an advocates conference call the fourth Thursday of each month from 3:00PM-4:00PM.

Details of the calls will be E-mailed to registered members.

In Wallasey Tenants Assoc. v. Varner, the court held that a transfer of interest in a property to a limited-liability corporation controlled by the original owner was not a sale that triggered the tenants right of first refusal under TOPA

Washington Post

City to Review Claims Condo Fees to Aid Poor Went Uncollected

Capital Manor Tenant Purchase Series

Online Discussion with Marian Siegel

New Front Opens In Owner-Renter Battles in D.C.

Most D.C. Property Priced Out Of Reach

Mayor Plans $558 Million For Affordable Housing

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