Small-Time Landlords ‘Hanging on By Their Fingernails’ as Eviction Moratorium Drags On
One of Raj Sookram’s tenants stopped paying rent in December. Another man hasn’t paid him a cent in 20 months. He now owes Sookram over $20,000.
One woman stopped paying this spring, Sookram said, then demanded that he fix her hot water heater when it blew. That ended with city officials threatening Sookram with daily fines.
In all, Sookram said, about half of the tenants living in his 13 Rochester, New York, rental properties are behind on rent. Sookram said he’s struggling to pay his bills and taxes. He’s had...