rent strike


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 During the First World War, Mary Barbour, a housing campaigner, whom Sturgeon says is one of her heroes, led a rent strike in Govan which spread across the city. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 Jackson encouraged the residents to organize a rent strike, an action allowed by the city. Darcel Rockett,, 23 Apr. 2021 When increases actually went into effect in February during the pandemic, many in the association had lost jobs or hours and had already committed to a partial or full rent strike, simply refusing to pay. Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, The New Republic, 2 Apr. 2021 The success of the Manchester rent strike – which saw students secure a 30% rent cut – is a clear example of how students are wielding their vital role in the economy to their advantage. Daisy Schofield,, 9 Feb. 2021 Now graduate students are pushing back, calling for a rent strike starting Thursday, April 1. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2021 Twenty-year-old fashion illustration and imaging student Georgia Langham is currently involved in a rent strike at halls owned by iQ in Acton, west London. Vicky Spratt,, 10 Feb. 2021 In Bristol, 19-year-old history student Ryan Grant-Khalani is also helping to organise a rent strike against Unite at Chantry Court. Vicky Spratt,, 10 Feb. 2021 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, 25 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of rent strike

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rent strike was in 1881

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“Rent strike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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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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