DC Real Estate TOPA Rules

By
Real Estate Agent with Evers & Co. Districtre.com
http://actvra.in/F5H

DC Real Estate TOPA rules coolDCre.com

DC Real Estate TOPA

Tenants have unique rights in Washington D.C. Familiarize yourself with them whether you're a buyer or seller.

What Buyers and Sellers Should Know About DC TOPA

The Tenant Opportunity To Purchase Act guarantees tenants that:

"Before an owner of a housing accommodation may sell the accommodation, or issue a notice of intent to recover possession, or notice to vacate, for purposes of demolition or discontinuance of housing use, the owner shall give the tenant an opportunity to purchase the accommodation at a price and terms which represent a bona fide offer of sale."

Before a landlord can sell his property, tenants have the right to buy it.  A contract on a property that is tenanted is 'subject to' or conditional on the tenant's TOPA rights. Didn't know? Too bad. The Act says; "Third-party purchasers are presumed to act with full knowledge of tenant rights."

TOPA Rules

• Single-family:  Includes condominiums or co-ops. Tenant has 30 days from the time the offer is received to advise the landlord that he is interested in buying the property. If tenant indicates interest in writing as required, he has an additional 60 days  to negotiate a contract with the property owner, and an additional 60 days to settle if a contract is ratified. If the tenant's lender requires an extension to close the loan and indicates same in writing to the owner, the tenant has an additional 30 days to settle. Total: 180 days if the tenant doesn't sell his rights to another.

• Two to four-unit buildings: The landlord/seller must make an offer to all tenants, who then have 15 days in which to jointly state their interest in purchasing. If, within 15 days, the joint tenants do not provide a written statement of interest, any single tenant may issue an individual statement of interest. Seven additional days are then given to the tenant to advise the landlord. Once a statement has been delivered in either case, an additional  90-day period begins so that a contract can be negotiated.  If negotiations fail, the landlord/owner must provide an additional 30 days for any one of the current tenants to enter into a purchase and sales contract. If a contract is effected, an additional 90 days is given for settlement plus an extension of 30 days if required by lender. Total: 232 days if the rights aren't sold to another.

• Five or more unit buildings:  If the building contains more than four rental units, TOPA makes it clear that only a valid tenant association has the right to take advantage of the law when this property is sold.

READ THE FULL STORY by www.susanisaacsre.com

Copyright 2012 Susan Isaacs

Posted by

Copyright All rights reserved The Isaacs Team LLC

The Isaacs Team LLC Evers & Co. DC

The Isaacs Team LLC

www.districtre.com

theisaacsteam@gmail.com

202-669-5343

 

Evers & Co.
1509 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Washington DC Top 50
Washingtonian Best 100
Trulia Top 1% Award 2014
Washington Post Power Players 2014
Client Reviews: Zillow  Yelp  Trulia
 
The Isaacs Team LLC is a Virginia Limited Liability Company
 
Equal Housing Opportunity

DISTRICTRE.COM

New condos in Washington DC & Northern Virginia; Logan Circle, Adams Morgan, Dupont CircleSouthwest DC, Capitol Hill, Eastern Market, Brookland, Georgetown, Penn Quarter, Glover Park, Cathedral Heights, LeDroit Park, H Street Corridor, U Street, 14th Street corridor, Mt. Vernon Triangle, Kalorama, Arlington VA, Alexandria VA, Vienna VA, Fairfax VA, McLean VA and Great Falls VA.

close

Re-Blogged 1 time:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
  1. Lenn Harley 04/27/2012 07:22 AM
Topic:
Home Buying
Location:
District of Columbia
Tags:
dc real estate
dc tenant rights
dc topa
washington dc topa rules

Spam prevention

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Rainmaker
204,542

The Isaacs Team llc

What's your DC Metro real estate question?
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information