Rent strikes grow in popularity as gentrification drives up rents

Source: Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

Often viewed as a last resort by tenant-rights groups, rent strikes have in recent years become increasingly common in the District and other gentrifying cities around the country, including Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Experts say the trend is a sign of tenant desperation amid rising housing costs in urban areas—and an attempt to fight back.

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