Publicly sign lists of units owing rent in divisive video

A video first shared on Facebook has made its way to TikTok, where it has gone viral for showing a sign listing units that allegedly owe rent.

Patron Urbaez shared the video on Facebook on May 17, where it has been viewed more than 82,000 times, but quickly racked up more than 2 million views when it was shared to the @therichexperince TikTok account on Sunday.

In the video, a large sign reading “Rent is Due” can be seen next to another sign covered in numbers, some circled while others crossed out.

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A video circulated on Facebook and TikTok shows a sign listing the units that have yet to pay their rent.
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According to Avail, an organization that is part of realtor.com, there are a few steps that can be taken to address the issue when a landlord has a tenant who is late paying rent.

Upon confirmation that rent has not yet been paid, the landlord is encouraged to send a notice detailing the fees owed. In addition, a landlord can send a Notice of Payment or Eviction, which is an official document stating that the tenant is at risk of eviction. If the tenant still does not pay their rent, the landlord may choose to proceed with the eviction process.

“Embarrassing,” said the man who took the video. “Not only do they have the stickers for the rent due, they tell you which unit is unpaid, they shit!”

The video sparked a conversation among viewers, particularly on TikTok.

“It’s embarrassing,” said one TikTok viewer. “Especially when you’re going through tough times.”

Another viewer echoed the sentiment, writing: “You all act like people don’t want to pay for it. You all understand that people are fighting…right?”

“[It’s] too many people who didn’t pay…[it’s] concerning…if there weren’t so many back then [it’s] on people but so many means the fight is real,” commented another TikTok user.

“You should organize and not pay,” wrote a viewer.

While the signs upset some viewers, others saw no problem with them.

“They’re called DUE DATES for a reason,” wrote one TikTok user. “Pay your bills folks.”

A commenter who wrote that they are a landlord also supported installing the signs.

“I should be okay with you not having my money, but if someone knows you don’t have my money now, is that a problem?” they wondered.

“This is what holding people accountable looks like,” wrote another commenter.

news week turned to Urbaez for further comments.

Other videos about rental properties and landlords have recently gone viral.

A woman posted a video on TikTok showing her frustration when she found food painted over in her kitchen cabinets. Meanwhile, another woman’s video went viral after sharing that her rent had increased by $855 a month. Additionally, a woman on Reddit was supported when she revealed how much she planned to charge her sister to rent the spare bedroom in her home.

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Rick Schindler

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