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Why one landlord never threatened eviction, despite late rent


Victor Washington fell behind on his rent during the pandemic. He and his landlord, Andrea Sorum, joined forces to keep him in his home.

Source: Andrea Sorum

At one point in the pandemic, Victor Washington was nearly four months behind on his rent.

The problems began soon after he moved into the one-bedroom condo in South Minneapolis in October of 2020. Out of nowhere, a blood clot formed in his right leg and he needed a procedure. At the middle school where he worked as a custodian, he used up all of his paid vacation and sick time to heal.

Then, in December, he got Covid. Washington’s breathing became so bad, he landed in the hospital. He spent eight days there. He missed more work, this…


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