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Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors®

DC Public Policy

The District of Columbia Association of REALTORS® (DCAR) is your eyes, ears, and voice in the District when it comes to regulations and legislation that affect your business. From working to lower recordation and transfer taxes to advocating for improvements to the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) and everything in between, DCAR represents your interests when issues like these come before the DC City Council and Mayor’s Office

New TOPA Single-Family Home Exemption Forms Are Live

The updated forms for the TOPA Single-Family Home Exemption are now live exclusively on the DC Department of Housing and Community Development's (DHCD) website. While the DHCD forms are live, GCAAR is currently in the process of adjusting its internal tenancy-related forms, which will be released upon their completion. Access the forms from DHCD. View additional info and resources.

TOPA Update - Message from the Presidents

There is a lot of information about the TOPA single-family exemption floating around, but not all of it accurate or confirmed. We want to make sure you all have the correct information. Read the message from DCAR and GCAAR Presidents Chris Suranna and Tom Daley.

TOPA Bill Passes!

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History has been made!
The DC Council voted on Tuesday, April 10 in favor of passing Bill 22-0315, which exempts single-family homes from TOPA* legislation — some exceptions are made for elderly (62 and up) and disabled tenants. More on the specifics of this bill will be coming soon. The bill still must be signed by Mayor Bowser and approved by Congress before it can become law. Visit DCAR's website.  

*Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act

DC Issue Highlights
DCAR Public Policy
2017 DC Legislative Priorities
2016 Legislative Year in Review
2015 Legislative Year in Review

Public Testimony and Comments

Comments on Vacant and Blighted Property Acts of 2015 & 2016 and “Homeowners Protection from Construction Damage Amendment Act of 2016” (July 2016)