rent strike

noun

Definition of rent strike

: a refusal by a group of tenants to pay rent (as in protest against high rates)

Examples of rent strike in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After six months with no gas, Mr. Coker began knocking on his neighbors’ doors and asking them to join the rent strike. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "Wall Street-Funded Plan to Gentrify Affordable Housing Crumbles in Harlem," 25 Oct. 2020 Normally organizing large rent strikes would require years of careful organizing, but 24 percent of New Yorkers did not pay their rent in June and are already on a de facto rent strike. Francisco Pérez, The New Republic, "The End of Housing As We Know It," 31 July 2020 Others stayed put and joined the rent strike in East Harlem and three other Manhattan properties where tenants are collectively withholding more than $600,000 of rent checks, according to their attorney. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "Wall Street-Funded Plan to Gentrify Affordable Housing Crumbles in Harlem," 25 Oct. 2020 The night before the march, about a dozen members of the local CASA committee organizing the rent strike met to discuss the next day’s action. Washington Post, "‘It’s time to unite’: Prince George’s County neighbors start rent strike against living conditions," 24 Oct. 2020 The tenants had mobilized for better conditions, resisted evictions and participated in a rent strike. Matthew Desmond, New York Times, "The Tenants Who Evicted Their Landlord," 13 Oct. 2020 In May, tenant groups around the country coordinated a gigantic rent strike. Matthew Desmond, New York Times, "The Tenants Who Evicted Their Landlord," 13 Oct. 2020 Looking to history as a guide to their radical actions, tenants are on rent strike, demanding rent reductions, and experimenting with tenant unions, cooperative housing, building takeovers, and community land trusts. Francisco Pérez, The New Republic, "The End of Housing As We Know It," 31 July 2020 May given the sudden loss of income so many suffered and calls for a rent strike? Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Apartment tenants mostly making the May rent in Colorado and elsewhere," 16 May 2020

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First Known Use of rent strike

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Rent strike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rent%20strike. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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rent strike

noun

Legal Definition of rent strike

: a refusal by a group of tenants to pay rent (as in protest against high rates)

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