Exploring the Impact of TOPA

The Rental Housing Conversion and Sale Act of 1980, commonly referred to as TOPA, provides certain special rights to tenants in rental properties in Washington D.C. Under the terms of TOPA, landlords must send a written offer of sale to tenants prior to selling the accommodation to another buyer. This act applies to multi-unit buildings and single-family homes. Landlords cannot apply for an exception in any case. 

Tenants who wish to proceed must submit a written notice of interest within 30 days of receiving the offer of sale. TOPA also provides additional tenant rights, as tenants can assign their rights to buy to a third party. 

The resources below provide additional learning opportunities for those interested in learning more about TOPA in Washington D.C.: 

D.C. Department of Housing and Community

The forms and documents below are provided by the D.C. Department of Housing and Community:



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