Starre Julia Vartan has owned her early 1900's Victorian home in Connecticut for over a decade. The house was supposed to be her forever home but a few years after her purchase, Vartan had the opportunity to move across the country with her boyfriend. Still tied into her mortgage, Vartan was unable to sell the house at a fair price and reluctantly became a landlord 3,000 miles away from her home.
Even though Vartan never intended to be a landlord, she views homeownership and renting to tenants as a privilege. Like most small landlords, she takes pride in providing affordable housing, and becoming friends with her tenants who are usually teachers, nurses and other essential workers. When the government imposes regulations and increases taxes, small landlords are forced to pass those expenses on to their tenants who, many of the time, are the least likely to be able to afford it; especially during a pandemic!
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