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How Oakland Tenants Forced Their Landlord To Turn Over the Keys

Mathilde Lind Gustavussen Jacobin
The city of Oakland’s longest rent strike has ended in victory for tenants. They didn’t just win necessary repairs or rent control; they decommodified their housing, getting profit-motivated landlords out of the picture altogether.

When Private Equity Becomes Your Landlord

Heather Vogell ProPublica
Amid a national housing crisis, giant private equity firms have been buying up apartment buildings en masse to squeeze them for profit, with the help of government-backed Freddie Mac. Meanwhile, tenants say they’re the ones paying the price.

We Want a Society Without Landlords

Andrej Holm (Translation by Adam Baltner) Jacobin
The popularity of Berlin’s campaign to expropriate corporate landlords shows just how few people trust capitalism to provide them with affordable, good-quality homes.
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