There Should Be An App For Neighbors to Organize a Grassroots Fight Against a Landlord
I’m not talking about Nextdoor. That’s neighborhood gossip; this would be for exchanging information to affect change.
Hear me out. But also let me know if this exists already.
Example: Your HVAC Doesn’t Work Reliably
Neighbors at a certain property should be able to communicate via a secure app that a landlord and property management can’t access. In this app they would safely be able to share information like:
- Screenshots & video of the problem
- Exchange info about what different tenants are experiencing; facts only
- Be able to share this information with a lawyer who acts as a watchdog
The tenants would then be able to share in the cost of the legal fees.
Because One Tenant is Nothing; ALL Tenants Working Together Are Powerful
A landlord can push around one tenant rather easily.
But when a group of tenants at a property communicate together for basic rights — like safety or to have heating & cooling systems working properly — with the help of a lawyer, progress can happen.
It’s a lot of work to do this 1:1 with neighbors individually.
This Can Also Provide a Way To Find Out Who Had Their Rent Raised and Who Didn’t
This is where you go to your landlord and say, without mentioning specific people, for example, “I know you aren’t raising everyone’s rent, so why are you raising mine by 15% for next year?”
Better yet, maybe you have the laywer write a response informed by local laws.
This would be especially helpful in places like Kansas or Arkansas where tenants have few rights.
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