Playing With / "Friends" Rent Control

Basic Trope: The cast lives in a fancy apartment despite not having steady jobs.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob live in an apartment and they don't seem to have any jobs.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Bob live in a glorious mansion and have never worked a day in their lives.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob both have jobs, but theirs seemed not to be enough to cover their rent.
  • Justified:
    • They had rent control.
    • Someone else is covering their rent.
    • The landlord owes them a favour.
    • They won at a lottery.
    • The house is located in a low-cost neighbourhood.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice and Bob live on the streets despite having high-paying jobs.
    • Alice and Bob make enough to afford larger places, but their apartments are very small and modest.
  • Subverted: It turns out they had a lease, and will have to pay at the end of the year.
  • Double Subverted: But the landlord likes them so much, he's willing to let them stay for free
  • Parodied: Alice and Bob are handed the bill for the rent. They add a negative sign to it and the landlord grumbles and gives them money.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • At first Alice and Bob pay rent. Then a Broke Episode comes along and they get away without paying rent for a while. Then their landlord starts demanding payment. Then he eases up on them. Eventually he loses patience, however after Alice and Bob save his life and the life of his children he allows them to stay free permanently.
    • Alice and Bob are professional vloggers, and because we are never clear how famous their vlog is, its possible that there apartment is well below or well above there level of income.
  • Averted: Alice and Bob have living conditions proportionate to their income.
  • Enforced:
    • Alice and Bob were originally going to be talented stock-traders who only needed to make trades once a day at most. However it wasn't considered marketable enough and they are then left as inexplicably wealthy singles.
    • Alice and Bob live in a huge apartment because it makes it easier to film.
  • Lampshaded: The apartment's slogan is "You never have to worry about rent again!"
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: In the pilot episode, it's established that Alice and Bob are getting evicted for not paying their bills. However, one day they see their landlord in peril and rush in to save his life. When the landlord asks how he can thank the pair, the pair responds by asking for rent control.
  • Defied:
    • Their landlord gives them a newspaper to look for jobs to pay the rent.
    • The landlord conducts interviews of potential tenets, and rejects ones without steady incomes.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "How can Alice even afford this palace?"
  • Implied: Alice and Bob are shown at various jobs for the saķe of gags, implying that they have long periods of unemployment.
  • Deconstructed:
    • The landlord is keeping tabs on their lack of payment and when he had enough he evicts them.
    • The effect that all of the free riders have on the market is made explicit. The result is not pretty.
    • The landlord's decision to grant Alice and Bob rent control comes as part of a bigger storyline about how the landlord wants to fight poverty, believing that he has a moral obligation to ensure everyone has a house over their heads, even if it means he won't earn as much profit as he would have liked.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Fortunately, Alice did have a secret job and was keeping money stashed away from Bob. The haggles with the landlord to get their apartment back and succeeds.
    • Alice and Bob are unable to work jobs due to how much time they spend fighting supernatural menaces. The landlord is either aware of this, or simply noticed that his tenants stopped mysteriously disappearing when they moved in.
  • Played For Drama: Alice questions why Bob lets his parents make his decisions for him, and Bob is to embarrassed to admit that they pay for their rent.

Hold it right there, Mr. Siht! If you wanna go back to "Friends" Rent Control, I'll need ya to pay up for the last three months—whadaya mean, what's that!?
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