- The Rental Housing Conversion and Sale Act of 1980, as amended (D.C. Law 3-86) (the Conversion Act).
The Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) is included under the Conversion Act, and regulates the conversion of use, sale, and transfer of rental housing in District of Columbia. Tenants can:
- Have the opportunity to invoke their rights to purchase
- Have first rights of refusal
- Receive offer of sale notices
- Receive notices of the transfer and the conversion of property to cooperatives or condominiums
- The Condominium Act of 1976 Technical and Clarifying Amendment Act, as amended (D.C. Law 9-82) (the Condominium Act). This act regulates condominium formation and registration of condominium units before a developer may offer units to interested buyers, including administration of the Structure Defect Warranty Claim Program.
- The District Opportunity to Purchase Act (DOPA). This act empowers the Mayor with the right to purchase buildings with five or more rental units of which 25 percent are deemed as “affordable.”
Procedures for Tenants and Landlords
- Landlords when they seek to sell an apartment building or convert it to a cooperative or condominium.
- Tenants when they want to invoke their TOPA rights.
Conversion and Sale Forms and Filing Information
Program Fact Sheets
Housing Assistance Program [PDF]
Tenant Purchase Rights [PDF]