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Somali American renters asked their Minnesota landlord to repair hazardous electrical problems. The property managers commented on the women’s English skills and how many children they had.

Stove coils that explode. Water pooled in light fixtures. Somali American renters at Pondview Townhomes, in Woodbury, point to a long list of maintenance problems. Their attempts to get repairs, they say, lead to inappropriate service bills and racially charged comments from management. A Sahan Journal investigation found failed home inspections—and a community of tenants looking for fair housing.