I want to do something for my local community, and this cause is a good one. A few years ago a private home rental firm moved in our small city, buying up any housing it could get as it went up for sale. Townhouses, apartment buildings, 4-plexes, snapping them up off the market and raising the rent higher and higher. Now its gotten to the point that the average rent for a family home is up maybe 400 dollars in two years, and so few places are managed by anything that is not this company. They have a horrid reputation of poor maintenance of their buildings, and of evicting whole complexes full of tenants to renovate before jacking up the rent in a newly acquired place. It’s also reached a point of the increases in rents raising the overall average for the entire town, including housing owned by other landlords unrelated to them.
I am a renter myself (though not in a building that’s been bought out thankfully.) I’ve told people as they get madder and madder over the rising cost of housing and the trouble making ends meet, to fight what they think is right. I’ve told them to protest, or to write letters. So far no one will. There is a lot of poverty here, a lot of of people desperate to maintain some kind of stability. Most it seems to me are just too scared to risk it by fighting for anything. They will just keep paying and paying as rents go higher and their pluming breaks down.
It occurred to me that this could be the kind of thing some magicians mean when they say they want to do something bigger, something that effects a whole community. I see that left hand can be a as much about justice and fairness as right hand can. I’m new to this, but still I want to try to take on this community minded cause. My goal is to get this rental company OUT, by any means that will not directly harm the renters. Let them go bankrupt and have their properties sold to someone less corrupt, have them fined huge amounts for some crime no one knows about yet… I’m good with either or more. Is this really possible? How would you go about this?
Oh and if any of you happen to want to help me by lending your own intentions to this let me know. I’ll PM you the target’s housing application or something.