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1. Learn about this resource. 

Residents, age 62 years of age or older or who have a disability, have the opportunity to buy their home (if they lived there prior to April 15, 2018), before any other potential buyers, once their landlord provides a formal notice that they intend to sell the home. This does not guarantee a sale. The landlord must offer the property at between 10% more or less than the same price they’d sell it to another buyer. The resident and the landlord will need to negotiate the terms of the sale. 


This legal protection is called the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act and is administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development. 

2. Check if you are eligible.

You are eligible if all of these statements are true:

  • You live in a DC single-family home—a building with one unit—that you rent.

  • You have received notice from your landlord that they intend to sell the home.

  • You signed a lease for your home on or before March 31, 2018.

  • You have lived in your home since April 15, 2018.

  • You are 62 years of age or older or have a disability.

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This page was last updated April 2021.

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