Innocent homeowner threatened with violence after fake rental ad goes viral

An innocent homeowner is facing threats of violence after an anonymous YIMBY account’s viral tweet claiming to show a rental ad on Craiglist looking for “vaccine-free family of European heritage” went viral.

Internet mobs are calling for the burning down of the home featured in the tweet by Nimby Patrol (@NimbyPatrol), which has been shared over 15,000 in just over 24 hours.

“Would prefer to rent to a vaccine-free family of European heritage,” reads the ad.

The asking rent for an “unvaccinated tenant” is $2,550 per month.

For a “Covid cultist,” the rent jumps to $4,550 per month.

The tweet has been liked over 13,000 times, retweeted over 1,400 times, and quote tweeted over 350 times.

Those sharing the Nimby Patrol’s tweet include prominent journalists, academics, and politicians.

But according to local journalist Brent Richter, the ad is a fake.

“I’ve seen this across my feed all day,” he tweeted. “The house isn’t near Dundarave or Park Royal. That ad isn’t online anymore. The house *is* listed for sale for $2.5 million. No one, no matter how crazy or racist, is renting a house for $2,550.”

“I think you’re being trolled,” Richter said.

Nimby Patrol has decided to keep the tweet up despite being alerted that it was a fake and that it was resulting in threats of violence against the innocent homeowner.

Nimby Patrol account is part of the Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY) movement – which is pushing for more condos to be built in urban areas.

While the YIMBY consider themselves “pro-housing,” opponents of the movement have accused them of being “shills” for big real estate developers.

The YIMBY, on the other hand, view anybody who opposes more real estate development in their neighbourhoods as NIMBY, which stands for Not In My Backyard.

The YIMBY movement has also faced accusations that its members attack anyone who disagrees with giving private developers a carte blanche to build market housing.

That’s exactly what the Nimby Patrol account seems to be doing: making fun of those who oppose new developments in their neighbourhoods.

While it’s unclear what the account intended by sharing the fake ad, the viral tweet has helped Nimby Patrol gain thousands of additional followers on Twitter.

West Vancouver resident Alan Smith said that he reported NIMBY Patrol’s tweet and the threats to Twitter.

“It’s criminal how this YIMBY guy is callously putting people’s lives at risk to get likes and followers,” Smith said. “It’s hilarious how the rest of the YIMBY drones mindlessly promote this garbage that fits their narrative without any fact checking.”