I am playing Monopoly and I land on the 'Go to jail' space. The player next in line rolls, and lands on Park Place, which I own. He challenges me, and says that he doesn't have to pay rent, because I am in jail. Is this true?

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    Pardon my dyslexic tendencies, but for a solid five seconds I thought this question was titled, "Monopoly: Do I Collect Rent If I Am A Jedi?" Commented Oct 16, 2017 at 14:04
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    @TheSpartan Only matters when playing star wars monopoly.
    – Andrew
    Commented Jan 11, 2018 at 17:29

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Being in jail only prevents you from moving, and does not prevent you from doing any other action, including collecting rent. The rules state:

Even though you are in Jail, you may buy and sell property, buy and sell houses and hotels and collect rents.

This is a very popular strategy late in the game, as the less you move, the less likely you are to land on your opponent's properties.

In addition, the rules specify that the only times you do not pay rent is when the property is mortgaged or if the property owner does not ask for rent before the next player's turn.

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    See also, How to Win at Monopoly and Lose All Your Friends
    – Mazura
    Commented Oct 12, 2017 at 22:53
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    The only winning move is to not play. Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 1:09
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    @TripeHound you can't plan on being sent to jail, but you can try to stay in jail longer by choosing to attempt to roll doubles instead of paying $50 to get out immediately.
    – YoungJohn
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 13:57
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    You can't gaurantee you will end up there but when you do end up there (and statistically you probablly will) you have to choose whether to buy yourself out. In the early game it makes sense to buy your way out so that you can collect your salery and buy properties. In the late game it makes sense to stay in jail as long as possible because landing on other people's properties costs you money. Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 13:58
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    @TripeHound: You may also have the option of whether or not to play a Get Out Of Jail Free card, if you hold one :)
    – psmears
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 16:57

Not being able to collect rent is just one of many fairly common house rules.

Some house rules disqualify an owner from collecting rent while in jail. This allows reprieve for other players landing on an expensive property with houses or a hotel during the time a player is incarcerated.

While this is not an official rule, some people choose to play by this house rule.

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    One of the many house rules that makes the game take much longer and be more painful then intended.
    – Joe W
    Commented Oct 12, 2017 at 23:17
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    All Monopoly house rules are evil. Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 13:02
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    Wonder if this house rule is more common in states or countries where inmates are not allowed to vote.
    – pipe
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 15:26
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    @NuclearWang Most. I always play with the "rent collection is not optional" and "must pay rent with assets on hand" rules to discourage collusion and make it easier to bankrupt players. Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 19:35
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    @OganM People often play with house rules. These house rules are, by and large, toxic. In the standard game of monopoly the cash supply decreases over time. If you look at the chance cards for instance, they take away money more often than giving it. House rules often seek to increase the supply (ex land on free parking, get money) and this draws out the game drastically.
    – Lan
    Commented Oct 16, 2017 at 11:46

Being in jail prevents you from moving. It doesn't prevent you from doing anything else.

You can buy property (at auction), trade properties, build houses and hotels, and yes, collect rent.

Unless there is a "house rule" against these moves, usually against the last one.

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