We are tenants fighting for tenants!
Renting is a system inherently stacked against renters. Tenants have few limited protections under current laws, and landlords can often ignore them with impunity because we lack the time and resources to dispute. Together, we can fight for our right to housing for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.
Rent Strike 2020: Continues June 1st
You may have seen calls for a 2020 rent strike due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to this crisis many have lost their jobs, had their hours and benefits cut, and are sick. Our most impacted community members will not be able to afford rent now, nor retroactive payments in the near future. You should not have to choose between your housing and basic necessities.
We are members of Tenants United Corvallis, we are your neighbors, and we are asking you to join your community in a rent strike.
Don’t pay rent on June 1st!
What is a rent strike and why should I participate?
A rent strike is when renters collectively refuse to pay rent until demands are met. Our demands are that no rent is collected until at least 2 months after all workers have been able to return to work. Our paying or withholding rent is our strongest form of power against landlords, and by disrupting their profits we can make them act on demands.
A rent strike works best with numbers. Even if you are able to afford your rent, withholding rent in solidarity with others is the only way this strike will work. If you cannot afford to pay rent, striking and demanding no rent is due until after this crisis is over is necessary and powerful.
How do I participate in the rent strike?
1. Do not pay your rent in June.
2. Send a declaration of withholding your rent to your landlord using the letter templates towards the bottom of this page.
3. Share this information with everyone you know and ask them to join the strike!
What are the risks?
We encourage you to know your legal rights as a tenant in Oregon. The infographic below is one helpful resource.
Know Your Rights resources for tenants in Oregon can be found at: https://www.oregoncat.org/know-your-rights/
For now, we are all still legally obligated to pay rent during this crisis. But we shouldn’t have to, nor can many of us! That is why a rent strike is so important!
What if my landlord or property management company harasses me for participating?
Please reach out to Tenants United Corvallis at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are being bullied, harassed, or threatened by your landlord or property management company.
We can discuss ways to support you as a community.
I'm in! What should I do next?
*First, Take The Pledge To Strike
**Second, Send A Letter To Your Landlord
***Third, Help Build The Strike By Recruiting Your Neighbors
*Pledge To Strike Form
Our power is in numbers. The more tenants take the pledge to participate in the rent strike, the more we will increase our power to win our demands.
**Send one of these letters to your landlord:
Please click the link below to view a solidarity rent strike letter template.
***Recruit Your Neighbors To Join The Strike!
Our rent strike kicked off with a letter to our neighbors calling for you to join us in our strike. But it’s up to you to spread the strike amongst your neighbors. Print out the following letter and start distributing to folks who live near you.
Sign Petitions for Rent Cancellation!
Suspend Rent and Mortgage Payments in Benton County Oregon
This is BIGGER than just your town!
Here are resources & news to show you.
If you are in need of other forms of mutual aid or help, you can use the Benton County COVID-19 Request Form: https://tinyurl.com/sk9vklt
LOTS of articles in the news are talking about the growing movement for rent strikes!
- Tenants Prepare For Rent Strike Due To Coronavirus Crisis
- The New Republic
- Rent Strike Nation
Democracy Now! April 2, 2020 coverage
Rent Strike to #CancelRent: National Organizing Meeting
Musician David Rovics gives a Special RENT STIKE livestream concert
Legislators are Paying Attention!
Cancellation of ALL Rent and Mortgage Is The Goal!!
- Seattle Times March 30, 2020
- Seattle City council passes resolution urging state, feds to cancel rent and mortgage payments during coronavirus emergency.
- Oregon Public Broadcasting April 2, 2020
- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Bans Commercial Evictions, Strengthens Protections For Residents