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The D.C. Council is about to Amend the Law Protecting Tenants’ Rights

By John E. Reid | March 1, 2018

The D.C. Council enacted the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (“TOPA”) in 1980 with the worthy goal of empowering tenants to defend themselves from developers that were forcing people from low-income housing. Under TOPA, tenants have the right of first refusal to buy their homes when the property is offered for sale. Through numerous—sometimes convoluted—amendments…

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