Chris Suranna
2018 DCAR President

TOPA Update

Tom Daley
2018 GCAAR President


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. Thank you for your patience throughout this process, and please don't hesitate to reach out to us at with any questions.

The Status of the Exemption
The TOPA Single-Family Home Exemption Amendment Act of 2018 has been signed by the Mayor and is currently under review by Congress. You can read the act here.

To be clear: This exemption is still just an act and is not yet law.

What's Next
Once the act is approved by Congress, the District Government must issue new forms to adhere to the new requirements of the law. The top priorities are the 3-day notice and the eligibility qualifications for elderly and disabled tenants with protections.

Again, this remains a work in progress and none of the above has been finalized.

The government affairs teams at DCAR and GCAAR are working diligently with DC's Department of Housing and Community Development to get all the finer details ironed out as quickly as possible.

Have Questions?
We understand you have questions, and we want to hear them. Many of you have already sent us your inquiries, and they have been instrumental in making sure nothing slips through the cracks. The more input we have from REALTORS®, the simpler the forms will be.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at

Thank you again for your patience in this matter. This is historic legislation that will have a dramatic impact on the real estate industry in the District, and we understand there are many people waiting eagerly for this act to become law.

Just please remain patient. We're in the final stretch, and we hope to have everything finalized in the coming months.


Chris Suranna

2018 DCAR President
Thomas P. Daley

2018 GCAAR President

*Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act

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