Records of the Farnsboro Tenants Association, 1972-1978

Records of the Farnsboro Tenants Association, 1972-1978

Finding Aid

Collection No. 31 (2 Linear ft.)
D.C. Community Archives

History

The Farnsboro is located at 2129 Florida Ave. NW, and was converted to condominiums in the late 1970s. The Tenants Association was formed in 1975 to negotiate with the landlord, Lester Carpenter Leonard, regarding rents and maintenance problems at the building. Later the tenants contested the conversion of the building to a condominium and the eviction of renters.  

Scope and Content

The collection consists of materials produced and obtained by the Tenants Association. It includes clippings, newsletters, petitions, meeting minutes, and correspondence.

Series Descriptions

Series I: General Alphabetical Files, 1975-1978  (1 linear ft.) 

The series contains topical files arranged alphabetically. It includes financial and administrative materials, meeting minutes and notes, member lists, clippings and rental information. Much of the material concerns rent increases, maintenance problems and inspections, and the condominium conversion of the building.

Series II:  Legal and Governmental Materials, 1975-1978 (.50 linear ft.)

Includes housing and landlord-tenant regulations, ANC newsletters, legal notes and exhibits prepared or compiled by Farnsboro tenants for litigation involving rents, property maintenance, and condo conversion of Farnsboro. The folders are arranged alphabetically.

Series III:  Petitions 1976-1978 (.25 linear ft.)

Includes petitions filed by the tenants regarding rental rollbacks for maintenance problems, the condominium conversion, and individual rental increases filed with the D.C. Rental Accommodations Commission. Folders are arranged alphabetically by type of petition, then chronologically.

Series IV: Correspondence 1975-1978 (.25 linear ft.) 

Contains correspondence and related documents, largely to the landlord and the D.C. Rental Accommodations Commission. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by type and then chronologically.

Box Inventory

Series I:  General Alphabetical File

Box 1

  • Administrative materials, 1978
  • Apartment 201 Detail, 1978
  • Apartment 201, Letters to and from Lester Leonard, 1975-1978
  • Application to convert to condominiums, 1976-1978
  • Building buy cooperative or condominium, 1978
  • Bulletin Board Material, undated
  • Clippings, 1976-1984
  • Condominium Cafe, 1976-1978
  • Condominium conversion press file, 1978
  • Condominium protest, June 1978
  • Decatur Associates, 1978
  • District Capital Corporation, 1975-1976
  • Emergency Committee to save rental housing, 1978
  • Final accounting, 1978
  • Genesis and member information,
  • Inspections, 1977-1978
  • Maintenance problems, 1957, 1971-1973, 1976-78
  • Meetings, 1975-1977
  • Meeting notes and other administrative papers, 1975-1978 (6 Folders)

Box 2

  • Member and tenant lists, 1974-1976
  • Members, 1975
  • Minutes and attendance lists, 1975-1977
  • Permission to be Inspected and Questionnaire, February 1977
  • PG&E, 1976
  • Purchase Agreement, 1978
  • Registration, October 29, 1975 and March 13, 1978
  • Registration analysis, October 29, 1975
  • Registration, March 30, 1978
  • Rental information 1976
  • Rents, 1970-1976
  • Rent advice, 1972-1978
  • Rent increases, 1975-1977
  • Rent information, 1975-1977
  • Rent refunds, 1976-1978
  • Responses to questionnaire violations, 1977
  • Settlement agreement, 1978
  • Tenant forms, 1976
  • Tenant matters, 1976
  • Tenant purchasing data, 1978

Series II:  Legal and Governmental Materials

Box 3

  • ANC, n.d.
  • ANC newsletters, 1978
  • Exhibits, 1975
  • Housing code violations, 1977
  • Housing regulations no. 19-23 change, 1956, 1972
  • Landlord tenant regulations and forms, 1975-1978
  • Lawyers, 1978
  • Legal assistance, 1979
  • Legal notes, 1975-1976
  • Legal notes, undated
  • Regulations of the D.C. Rental Accommodations Commission, 1976-1977 (3 folders)
  • April 26, 1976
    • 1977 (2 folders)

Series III:  Petitions

Box 4

  • Allied tenant petitions, 1978
  • Condominium conversion petition, 1977
  • Rental accommodations petitions, 1975-1976 (3 folders)
  • Tenant petition 164, 1976
  • Tenant petition 1034, 1977-1978
  • Tenant petitions, 1975-1978 (6 folders)

Series IV: Correspondence

Box 5

  • Correspondence, 1976-1977
  • Correspondence and memoranda, 1975-1976
  • Correspondence and memoranda, 1977-1978
  • Correspondence re problems, 1973-1976
  • Correspondence re problems, 1977
  • Duplicate correspondence and other documents, 1975-1978 (2 folders)
  • Tenant correspondence, 1975-1977
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