Category Archives: Tenant Rights

Emotional Support Animals in Cooperative Apartment and Condo Communities: What Every Association and Owner Should Know

By DAVID A. RAHNIS An emotional support animal (commonly referred to as an “ESA”) is a companion animal (typically a dog or cat) that provides therapeutic benefit to an individual with a mental or psychiatric disability.  An ESA is not the same thing as a “pet”.  Rather, for a resident of a Coop or Condo who is living with a mental... Read More >

Commercial Tenant’s Lease – Estoppel and Attornment Considerations

A standard provision of commercial lease agreements is an agreement by the Tenant to execute estoppel certificates, and to attorn to a lender. An estoppel certificate is a statement from the tenant to either a lender or a prospective purchaser that clarifies: what property is leased (often includes square footage) the length term of the lease that the lease has or... Read More >

D.C. Court of Appeals: TOPA Extensions Must Be Defined To Preserve Tenant Rights

In an important new ruling construing the Tenants Opportunity to Purchase Act (“TOPA”), the D.C. Court of Appeals held on September 23, 2015, that extensions of the deadlines for a seller and a tenant association to negotiate a sales contract must be express and contain a definite end-date to... Read More >