A growing tenants’ rights movement in the U.S. encourages tenants to form unions to collectively bargain with landlords.
Even before the pandemic, the U.S. as a country was failing to meet the basic housing needs of its residents.
Tenants are organizing to hold widescale coordinated direct actions like rent strikes to avert the looming crisis.
In the absence of help from Congress, rent strikes have become a widespread response to brutal economic pressure.
The patchwork of legal protections for renters that emerged at the start of the pandemic is unlikely to stem the crisis.
Despite eviction moratoriums and relief on mortgage payments in hard-hit states, no rent freeze has been ordered.
Tenants are fighting back against privatized affordable housing and against concepts of capitalist land ownership.
Renter rallies have stoked interest in a law giving tenants tax deductions and refunds on rents just like homeowners.
San Francisco tenants are refusing to allow landlords to displace them from rent-controlled units in order to raise rents.