lol the worst way to get people to go on rent strike is to make a fucking spambot about it

what the actual fuck

like, hey, getting the word out that rent strikes are possible and a good idea is great. sure, fine.

however, striking because someone tells you to online is the WRONG way to do it. you have to organize with other tenants in your house/building/complex or it won't fucking work.

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if you refuse to pay your rent because you "organized" with people on the internet, your landlord will just laugh and evict you

as many people as possible under a single landlord have to strike at the same time in order for the strike to be effective at all. plus, you need a plan, some kind of idea of what legal muscle you need to be able to summon when the landlord fights back, and an idea of how you'll deal with the inevitable blowback, because there WILL be blowback

@extinct

"oh wow all i gotta do is stop paying rent? nice"

landlord: "have fun getting evicted"

:pikasurprise:

@extinct i'd also add that Traditionally, a rent strike involves *temporarily withholding* rent to get the landlord to make changes. in some areas, this may actually be legal. this situation is kind of different: people don't have the money to pay rent *at all*.

various jurisdictions may have recently passed laws making it harder for a landlord to evict you for lack of ability to pay. so everyone must look into the laws where they are!

@nev thank you for adding this

personally, while i know the basics of what makes a rent strike work, i'm not familiar with the nitty gritty. i've never gone on rent strike and haven't rented in 5 years, so any additional info that people can use to intelligently and effectively go on strike is much appreciated

@extinct "they can't evict us all" may or may not be a good strategy depending on one's circumstances.

an interesting wrench in the works: in AirBnB-heavy areas, where big operators have been hit hard, they may be switching to ordinary rental. so landlords might be aware that 1) they will have problems finding ppl to move in, and 2) there's suddenly more supply. vice.com/en_ca/article/5dma7q/

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