In most countries, there are strict and detailed laws that protect tenants from the greed and unpredictability of landlords. Sadly, many renters are unaware of their legal rights and unwittingly allow themselves to be taken advantage of.

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Not Brooklyn-based real estate worker Rachel Bell, however, who used her background in the industry to expertly take down her landlord, who had the cheek to use a verse from the bible to justify a rent rise.

For those who are curious, the verse, Numbers 18:21, goes thus:

“And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.”

Aha! A tenth! Therefore all tenants must pay an extra ten percent. Or something.

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Needless to say, Rachel was having none of the landlords’ dastardly Acts and Ruth-lessly proceeded to Chronicle her legal rights and his obligations, including her own cheeky bible reference for good measure.

Good Job on the Revelation Rachel!

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Predictably, once caught out for his illegal attempt to raise some extra cash, ‘Brucie Baby’ took the usual cowardly way out, claiming that it was all ‘just a joke’ and Rachel needn’t be ‘so sensitive.’

Good one, Brucie!

Rachel’s post soon went viral on the subreddit r/MurderedByWords, where it has become a major talking point and received over 80k upvotes.

With more young people than ever getting priced out of the market to buy, renting is becoming the default option for many. Learn your rights and protections as a tenant (they can be more comprehensive than you might imagine), and make sure you read that contract properly!

Here’s how people reacted to Rachel’s story

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What do you think? Do you rent? Are you happy with the conditions? Do you fully understand your rights if your landlord tries to raise the rent or evict you? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments!