With the whole of Victoria in lockdown, plenty of folks are finding themselves unable to work as rent and other bills pile up. It’s a tough time and people are even calling for a JobKeeper 2.0 in the state. In comes the Individual Housing Providers Association (which is basically just a landlord lobby) with the dumbest fucking take on the situation imaginable.
It started off when the Victorian Renters and Housing Union made a tweet calling for more social security, such as in the form of JobKeeper 2.0 and increased Centrelink rent assistance, to help those doing it tough during the lockdown. It also called for COVID-related rental debts to be cancelled.
To this, the Victorian landlords’ group replied: “How would cancelling a rent debt help any landlords? How would reinstating JobKeeper work if the company is from NSW or operates nationally?”
How would cancelling a rent debt help any landlords?
How would reinstating Jobkeeper work if the company is from NSW or operates nationally?
— Victorian Landlords (@IHPvicInc) June 2, 2021
It’s such a strange attitude. People have no money and can’t pay their rent or buy groceries, and these landlords are concerned that it’d be too difficult to tweak JobKeeper to suit the situation.
The tweet got just three likes and zero retweets, but over 200 replies and over 80 quote-tweets. Suffice to say, Victoria’s landlords got thoroughly ratioed.
Sit back, relax, and scroll through the burns.
Who said anything about helping landlords?
— Jadzia Benntley is locked down (@JadziaBenntley) June 2, 2021
hope you parasitic dipshits are enjoying the ratio x
— jeremy poxon (@JeremyPoxon) June 2, 2021
lol landlords don’t have friends silly!
— wilf (@friendlykitties) June 2, 2021
What if, and just hear me out on this, people having somewhere to live is more important than you taking their money? https://t.co/CArKytfCWY
— Joshua Badge (@joshuabadge) June 2, 2021
you own a fucking house just mortgage it youll be fine
— Minerva, Dilettante (@mindev_) June 2, 2021
why would anybody want to help landlords
— ArthurianFish (@ArthurianFish) June 2, 2021
It would help landlords to stop being landlords, the only known cure.
— Tristan (@tri_stan__) June 2, 2021
That’s the risk of having an investment where as housing and shelter is a basic necessity and should be recognised as a human right.
— Ⓥ Soy Boy (@__LeftistVegan) June 2, 2021
i promise i’ll like your tweet if you give me a free house
— Nick Schadegg (@nickschadegg) June 2, 2021
Finally! An account that is more awful than Harvey Norman. https://t.co/Gi52YDNw8T
— Gemma Cafarella (she/her) ????️???? (@gemmacaf) June 2, 2021
eat shit. hope this helps!
— dutchie says Free Palestine (@UnbearableDutch) June 2, 2021
Sounds like you accepted some risk there, hey? Sorry your investment requires subjugation to be profitable.
— Professor Jimbles (@Prof_Jimbles) June 2, 2021
Be thankful we don’t eat you.
— Thor (@thunderson23) June 2, 2021
They call themselves Victorian Landlords because they wish tenants today only had the legal rights they had from 1837 to 1901. https://t.co/bHSELrFgiY
— Giovanni Torre (@GiovanniTorre) June 2, 2021
Nobody asked nobody cares plus all l*ndlords are ugly ????
— JUULius caesar ???? (@bigdyke_energy) June 2, 2021
— tori ???????????? (@vondutchhandbag) June 2, 2021
“How would locking the gates around a cemetery help the ghouls feast on the corpses of the dead?” – statement from the Victorian Ghouls Association.
— Ian (@ijmorley) June 2, 2021
Mao was right.
— Adam (@kels_316) June 2, 2021
Lockdown is set to last at least two weeks and these landlords are already pushing back against the idea of their own tenants having somewhere to sleep. Grim.
Also, they couldn’t even figure out how to tag RAHU properly… even though it was a quote-tweet anyway. What a mess.
this thread is so good for so many reasons
1. the comments are *chef kiss*
2. the tagged account "rahu" is just a random person from Bratislavia not @RAHUnion
3. possibly the worst ratio I have EVER SEEN. at the moment the tweet has zero likes https://t.co/22I6WrI2VR
— afabulous ???????????? (@booticca_) June 2, 2021
Poor Rahu from Bratislava’s mentions rn, they do not deserve this… Does the depravity of landlords know no bounds?!
— Tranastacia ????️⚧️ (@thetranastacia) June 2, 2021
Hopefully this whole debacle has taught them to shut their salivating gobs while there are more pressing issues during lockdown.Image: Getty Images / Charlie Rogers