Rent Withholding

Rent withholding occurs when a tenant feels that they have a valid reason not to pay their landlord for something that is wrong with their domicile and it is a very powerful non-violent action. Whether you are renting a single home or are in a complex with other tenants you may decide to withhold rent individually or as a collective body. Once there has been an agreement between the two parties, rent will be paid and all parties will carry on with every day life. One thing to keep in mind if there is any type of rent withholding for more than a month, it is expected that all current and back rent is to be paid. Be sure to check local law books, however, because there are some states where rent withholding has been deemed to be illegal.
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National Consumers’ Boycott

A national consumers’ boycott is a method of economic non-cooperation wherein a large part of a country’s population boycotts products or services from another country. It can be a boycott of a particular product, all products or products from any foreign country. It is used both as a weapon for social justice and a tool for economic benefit.
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Non-Consumption of Boycotted Goods

Non-consumption of boycotted goods takes the nonviolent action of boycotting to the next level. A boycott says, “I will not buy a particular good,” whereas non-consumption says, “I will not use a particular good.” The difference is subtle, yet distinct. Not all boycotts lead to non-consumption. These three things are necessary for a boycott to be successful as non-consumption.
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Policy of Austerity

A policy of austerity is a means of nonviolent protest through economic noncooperation. People practicing austerity as noncooperation volunteer to abstain from using products and services of a luxurious and opulent nature to support a cause. The effects are similar to boycott, but the implications are more extensive due to the psychology of people doing without for the greater good.
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Consumers’ Boycott

Consumer boycotts are a very effective means to influence those in whatever market they are in to make changes. This type of non-violent protest has become a highly effective and impactful way to influence those decision makers by way of their bottom dollar. This style of boycott has become one of the more popular choices by those looking to make changes throughout large corporations around the world.
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Refusal to Rent

Organized refusal to rent campaigns are a form of economic non-cooperation often used in conjunction with a similar protest action called “rent-withholding”. Both tactics are sometimes referred to as “rent strikes”, and work by denying unethical landlords rent money, but rent withholding is a choice made by existing tenants to refuse to pay their rent, while refusal to rent is a choice made by prospective tenants to refuse to rent the property in the first place. Refusal to rent can be used on its own to exert economic and public pressure on unethical landlords, but it is also a necessary component to broader rent strike campaigns.
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International Consumers’ Boycott

One of the most effective means of peaceful protest is an international consumers’ boycott. A boycott is simply when customers refuse to shop at a given location or business, ensuring that their money does not go to support a practice or individual policy they disagree with. Because money drives the world, boycotts can lead to heavy hits being taken by businesses and even governments, who then must change their ways in order to win back a broader customer base. As the world has gotten smaller this has become an option on the international stage as well as the local and national one for many consumers.
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