rent strike

noun

Definition of rent strike 

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

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The building’s 25-plus residents, including about a dozen mariachi musicians, went on rent strike for nine months before settling with the landlord early this year. Rob Kuznia, Washington Post, "Los Angeles tenants increasingly engaging in rent strikes amid housing crisis," 2 June 2018 Along with a growth in activity from tenants union and rent strikes, more and more local groups are succeeding in putting these issues on the political agenda. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Rent control and tenants’ rights set to be larger political issues in 2018 elections," 11 July 2018 Other cities, including Cleveland and San Francisco, also have experienced recent rent strikes, but not as many as in Los Angeles, where there have been approximately a half-dozen strikes since 2016. Rob Kuznia, Washington Post, "Los Angeles tenants increasingly engaging in rent strikes amid housing crisis," 2 June 2018

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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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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