Book Talk: "The Politics of Staying Put: Condo Conversion and Tenant Right to Buy in Washington, D.C."

Carolyn A. Gallaher, associate professor in the School of International Service, American University

As cities develop and grow, it can be hard for working-class and low-income residents to stay put. Rising rents and property taxes make buildings unaffordable, or landlords may sell buildings to investors interested in redeveloping them into luxury condos. Carolyn A. Gallaher focuses on Washington, D.C.'s formal, city-sponsored initiative—the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act—that helps people keep their homes. This law, unique to the District of Columbia, allows tenants in apartment buildings contracted for sale the right to purchase the building themselves.

This program is part of the D.C. Mondays at the Museum series inspired by the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. Free; no reservations required.