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The Great Rent WarsNew York, 1917-1929$
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Robert M. Fogelson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300191721

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300191721.001.0001

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The Great Rent Strikes

The Great Rent Strikes

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The Great Rent Wars

Robert M. Fogelson

Yale University Press

This chapter continues the discussion of the postwar rent strikes in New York City. Striking tenants believed that it was in their interest to withhold rent and resist eviction for as long as possible. A long strike, one that dragged on for weeks or months, deprived the landlords of much needed revenue and forced them to dip into reserves to pay the marshals, schleppers, and lawyers. However, by late 1919 and early 1920, municipal courts became so clogged with landlord-tenant disputes that judges were at their wits’ end.

Keywords:   New York City, rent strikes, landlords, tenants

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