Code of the District of Columbia

§ 42–3404.12. Exceptions to coverage of subchapter; expiration provisions.

Sections 42-3404.02, 42-3404.04, 42-3404.05, 42-3404.06, 42-3404.07, [42-3404.09(c)(5)], 42-3404.10(3) and (4) and 42-3404.11(3) and (4) apply to any sale of a housing accommodation for which a contract is not fully ratified prior to June 3, 1980, and the period for contracting pursuant to § 601 or § 602 of the Rental Housing Act is not expired prior to September 10, 1980. This subchapter applies in its entirety to any sale of a housing accommodation for which a notice pursuant to § 601 or § 602 of the Rental Housing Act is not received by the tenants in at least 50% of the occupied rental units in the housing accommodation prior to June 3, 1980. This subchapter shall remain in effect until the Mayor declares that a housing crisis no longer exists pursuant to § 42-3405.12. This subchapter does not apply to accommodations for which a vacancy exemption is approved, as provided in § 42-3402.10.


(Sept. 10, 1980, D.C. Law 3-86, § 412, 27 DCR 2975; Sept. 26, 1980, D.C. Law 3-106, § 3(b), 27 DCR 3758; Mar. 4, 1981, D.C. Law 3-131, § 801(e), 28 DCR 326; Nov. 5, 1983, D.C. Law 5-38, § 2(l), 30 DCR 4866; Sept. 29, 1988, D.C. Law 7-154, § 2(i), 35 DCR 5715; Sept. 6, 1995, D.C. Law 11-31, § 3(o), 42 DCR 3239; July 3, 2018, D.C. Law 22-120, § 2(f), 65 DCR 5077.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 45-1641.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary amendment of section, see § 2(d) of the Rental Housing Conversion and Sale Act of 1980 Extension Emergency Amendment Act of 1994 (D.C. Act 10-235, April 28, 1994, 41 DCR 2599).

For temporary amendment of section, see § 3(o) of the Rental Housing Conversion and Sale Act of 1980 Reenactment and Amendment Emergency Act of 1994 (D.C. Act 10-285, July 8, 1994, 41 DCR 4904).

For temporary amendment of section, see § 3(o) of the Rental Housing Conversion and Sale Act of 1980 Reenactment and Amendment Emergency Act of 1995 (D.C. Act 11-47, May 4, 1995, 42 DCR 2410) and § 3(596) of the Rental Housing Conversion and Sale Act of 1980 Reenactment and Amendment Congressional Recess Emergency Act of 1995 (D.C. Act 11-96, July 19, 1995, 42 DCR 3837).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2(d) of Rental Housing Conversion and Sale Act of 1980 Temporary Extension Amendment Act of 1988 (D.C. Law 7-140, September 21, 2008, law notification 35 DCR 7279).

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2(d) of Rental Housing Conversion and Sale Act of 1980 Temporary Extension Amendment Act of 1993 (D.C. Law 10-13, September 11, 1993, law notification 40 DCR 6835).

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2(d) of Rental Housing Conversion and Sale Act of 1980 Temporary Extension Amendment Act of 1994 (D.C. Law 10-176, September 22, 1994, law notification 41 DCR 6706).

References in Text

The “Rental Housing Act”, referred to in the second sentence, is the Rental Housing Act of 1977, D.C. Law 2-54, which had formerly been codified as Chapter 16 of this title, and which was subsequently superseded by the Rental Housing Act of 1980, D.C. Law 3-131. See also § 42-3401.03(15).

Editor's Notes

For exempt from the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act of 1980 for the real property described as Lot 818 in Square 240, located at 1338 R Street, N.W., and known as Anna Cooper House, see the Anna Cooper House TOPA Exemption Act of 2018 effective July 17, 2018 (D.C. Law 22-149).

Reenactment of Law 3-86: See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 42-3401.01.

Amendment of section by Law 10-144: Section 2(o) of D.C. Law 10-144 purported to amend this section to read as follows: “ Sections 45-1631, 45-1633, 45-1634, 45-1635, 45-1636, 45-1638 (3) and (4), 45-1639 (3) and (4) and 45-1640 (3) and (4) apply to any sale of a housing accommodation for which a contract is not fully ratified prior to June 3, 1980, and the period for contracting pursuant to § 601 or § 602 of the Rental Housing Act is not expired prior to the effective date of this subchapter. This subchapter applies in its entirety to any sale of a housing accommodation for which a notice pursuant to § 601 or § 602 of the Rental Housing Act is not received by the tenants in at least 50% of the occupied rental units in the housing accommodation prior to June 3, 1980. This subchapter shall remain in effect until the Mayor declares that a housing crisis no longer exists pursuant to § 45-1662 [§ 42-3405.12, 2001 Ed.]. This subchapter does not apply to accommodations for which a vacancy exemption is approved, as provided in § 45-1639 [§ 42-3404.10, 2001 Ed.].”