rent strike


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rent strike

A group of tenants banding together and refusing to pay rent until necessary repairs have been made to a building.Typically,the rent is paid into an escrow account or into a court clerk's office in conjunction with a lawsuit against the landlord.

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"It was all derelict at the time, people on rent strike, signs hanging out of the window and I just loved it," he said.
Wright challenges Harris by asserting Levin's Communist credentials: He notes that Levin "is a member of the League of American writers, an organization which commits its members to a str uggle through their craft against war, against Fascism, for the protection of national minority groups and for the preservation of culture." Moreover, he points out that Levin "has been active in the left-wing theatre movement in Chicago," and that his play Model Tenant, about a rent strike, was prohibited from being performed because it was too "Red." Wright's defense of Levin here seems to indicate that he felt that radical political beliefs and more aesthetic concerns could coexist quite peacefully.
That is why it is important to coalesce buildings on rent strike into a united front: A citywide general rent strike.
The tenants indicated that they were willing to talk; the band indicated that it was not willing to talk at that time, as the tenants had just declared a rent strike."
One respondent went on a rent strike when the landlord refused to repair the house.
(Every time I say there isn't a counterculture, somebody rises up and says, "Oh, yes, here we are.") But there's not a large enough one that can sustain people who are not making a lot of money and give them a community where that's all right, where that's not the standard by which you're judged, where you're going to be judged more by that rent strike you organized or that poem you wrote.
The narrative begins with an account by Jenna Weissman Joselit of the 1904 rent strike by Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side.
was sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in the Lamontville rent strike, the very strike which touched off the play itself.
But Justice Hickinbottom in his judicial review judgement back in 2014 said a rent strike had taken place and Sisu had done so to "...deliberately to distress ACL's financial position, with a view to driving down the value of ACL and thus the price of a share in it, which they coveted".
Marxist Maclean helped win a 1915 rent strike and campaigned relentlessly against World War I.
Tenants living in some of Paisley's worst council houses were promised support if they staged a rent strike.